I have jumped on the fat-kids trying to run bandwagon!
I started the Couch to 5k program last week and things are going really well (read: I hate my life while doing it, but after wards I am super proud of myself).
The 3 workouts per week consist of alternating running and walking. Each week the amount of running increases while the walking decreases. The goal of the 9-week plan is to enable the runner to build up enough endurance to complete a 5k (3.1 miles) without stopping. I think I might actually throw myself a party if in 9-weeks I can run over 3 miles without stopping to cough up an organ or massage a cramped leg muscle!
After only 4 “sessions” I am now able to run for about 3 minutes at a time before needing to walk. That may sound laughable, but for a girl who used to get winded walking up a flight of stairs, it’s great!
My good friend A. started the plan about a week before I did and she definitely motivated me to start. I think it is a huge help to have someone else doing it as well who you can talk (and sometimes commiserate) with. I usually go to the gym for my workouts (I LOVE Cardio Cinema!) but have also gone over to A’s house and used her treadmill. We like to watch random music videos and sing at the top of our lungs. We are just cool like that.
I started the program exactly 9 weeks before my scheduled arrival in Alaska. I am hoping that by the time I get there I am able to not only run 3 miles but hike my little heart out. It’s Alaska after all (Denali no less), so hiking more this time around is definitely on the agenda. My goal is to scale Mt. Healy (a post on that is sure to follow sometime this summer).
I’ll keep ya’ll posted on my progress!