So, now I get to what the title of this post is all about. I've had so many friends pick up running and have done or are doing the couch-to-5k program (C25K-get it?) After doing some wogging and jogging *for about 3 minutes...going down hill*, I thought that just maybe, I might be able to give this a whirl. So, I printed off the schedule and figured I'd start on Monday, the 20th.
Week 1, day 1 is a 5 minute warm up walk and then intervals of 60 seconds jogging/running followed by 90 seconds of walking...repeat for 20 minutes. Then there is another 5 minutes for cool down. I dropped the girls off at the bus stop. I started out, watching my timer on my HRM (heart rate monitor) for the intervals *what a pain in the rump!* After making it nearly half way through, my hip cried out *yes, it really did.* This is the same hip that the chiropractor has been working on diligently since July. Bummer. I didn't give up and pushed through. I made it half way and looped back. I'm just finishing another jogging interval and...BARK! BARK! BARK! *low throaty growl* BARK! BARK! BARK! The dog came at me and came up from behind *it was large and it looked like a golden retriever*. After it nipped at the back of my leg, I yelled *at 7:40a.m.* BACK OFF *the dog stopped...still barked* and I continued...I DON'T KNOW WHOSE DOG THIS IS... No one came out to get the dog or call to it. I was rattled. I still needed to make it the rest of the way home. I got home and called the police department and the animal control officer was out sick! I still told the officer on the other end of the phone the entire story because, by golly, I wanted them to know!
On Tuesday, I took a day 'off' from C25K, but still went for a walk. I managed to jog for 3 minutes *again* going down hill. It's pretty easy to get a jog on when you're going down hill and you have a 2 year old in a jogger stroller *who weighs about 28 pounds* plus the weight of the stroller.
Today was week 1, day 2 of my C25K journey. I wondered if there was an 'app' that I could add to our ipod for the C25K training. So, I searched. I came up with this. It's super and...it's free. I like free. One neat feature? If you have a playlist of music *on whatever device you have that this app can be added to*, you can play it while you're walking and the 'verbal' reminders will talk over your music to let you know when the next interval begins. It worked great. I even just played it without headphones so that my squirt could hear it too while sitting in the stroller. She jammed to the music and I got my work out in. Win, win.
I do have to say that while we walked/jogged down the middle street where my 'close encounter' occurred, my 'spidy' senses were going NUTS. I was waiting for that dog to reappear. I *think* I heard it behind a fence this morning, but couldn't be sure since it was a privacy fence. Argh! I would have been even more angry if it had been out this morning since the squirt was with me today.
So, here I sit thinking about how much I'd love to finish out week 1 tomorrow. But, I won't. My hip is feeling much better with more stretching and a chiropractic appointment today. I love the sweat that comes off and I love the feeling of accomplishment when I'm done. It is truly enjoyable. I never thought those words would cross my lips, but...there you have it. Don't tell my husband. He still thinks I loathe it.
All that's left now is to get a good arm band to tuck the 'touch' into.
Get out there and go...and have fun while you're at it!