That's right. I started the Couch-to-5K Running Plan yesterday. If you have never heard of it before it is a beginner's running schedule to help new runners get off the couch and onto the roads, running 3 miles in just two months.
I am super excited about this because I have always wanted to be able to run but never really knew how to do it. It isn't one of those things that you can just take off and do. Most people can't anyway.
Their is a race in town in about two and a half months. I think it is on Thanksgiving. I would love to be able to run in it. I'm not sure if I would be able to get up the nerve to do it or not but I would really love to. It would be such an accomplishment. Maybe I need a running partner.
Anyway, this program has a 9 week calender to follow. Each session takes between 20-30 minutes and you do it three times a week. Not bad!
On week one you start up with a 5 minutes warm up walk and then alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. I did this on the track at the gym yesterday and it was very easy but I think that is my limit right now (jogging for 60 seconds at a time). I know it's sad. I'm really worried about the weeks to follow. Week four has you jogging for 3 and 5 minutest at a time. Right now that seems impossible but I am going to do my best.
I think it is so hard to run when you are overweight. It is harder on the knees and pretty much every organ in your body. I really hope the training the next two months will help me lose some weight so that it is easier for me to run. My trainer told me that the more muscle you build in your legs the easier it will be to run. So I also need to get back into some strength training.
If you want to check out this program you can click here to go to the Cool Running's website.
Have you ever tried the Couch-to-5K Program? Did it work?