I've now completed week 3 of Couch to 5k (C25K). For me, Week 3 has been the hardest week by far, but I was also dealing with some low back, neck, and knee pain related to stress, so Week 3 took a few days longer than I planned, but its better to feel better and rest than it is to run with pain and re-injure yourself (isn't that right, Lauren??)
Thanks to a friendly visit to a chiropractor, I ran today with no pain...none...miracle! This week's interval was:
-5 min warm up
-Run 3 min
-Walk 3 min
-5 min cool down
It doesn't sound like much, but it kicked my butt! But, after taking four days off, it wasn't nearly as hard to get back at it as I was expecting, and being pain free made it actually enjoyable! We'll see if I'm still in love with C25K in Week 4.
My first 5k is 8 weeks from yesterday, so I have plenty of time to keep it up with C25K and get my times where I want them.
Also, as of yesterday, I've dropped my BMI by 5 entire points since starting WW and I'm soooooooo close to meeting my "Drop 30 Pounds in 2011 goal" things are definitely looking up! You see my little ticker up there? OH YEAH! AWESOME :)
Running actually feels good for the first time in my life. Its hard, I sweat, I get winded, but I haven't given up yet...I can do ANYTHING for 30 seconds, 90 seconds, 3 minutes, and coming up, 5 minutes...ANYTHING to be healthy and keep my weight down.
If you're interested in more information on C25K, you can find several variations online or in the iTunes App store.
"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but
tomorrow is ours to win or to lose."
- Lyndon B. Johnson