Couch to 5K- beginning

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On my health, fitness, weight loss journey I found that if I give myself a challenge that I will stick with working out and staying healthy. I’ve done things like RevAbs, 10 Minute trainer, Spin 12 and even this last summer trying to run a 5K. I tell myself that I’m going to do the whole challenge and not give up half way. The only challenge I never completed was running a 5K. I got up to running 3K without stopping but no further. I guess you can say I gave up, until 2 weeks ago.

A friend of mine told be about this cool program called, Couch to 5K. It’s meant for those with no fitness background to get them running a 5K in 9 weeks. You go out 3 times a week for 30 minutes each time and run with an “instructor”. I downloaded their cool app that has a coach telling me when to run and when to walk. AND I get to listen to my own music while doing it. I started 2 weeks ago. For me it’s been pretty easy but I wanted to start from the beginning so I could see how it all works. On week one you do a 5 minute fast walk warm up then run for a minute and walk for a minute and a half, you alternate this running/walking for 20 minutes and then do a 5 minute walking cool down. Week 2 we add time to the running to build up endurance. You can check out the full running scheduled at CoolRunning.com.
So far I’m LOVING the program and I can’t wait to be able to run a full 5K(3 miles). Honestly if you’re serious about getting fit/healthy and keep having the excuses of “I have no time” or “I’m so out of shape I don’t know what to start with”, I’m telling you this Couch to 5K challenge is for you. EVERYONE should have 90 minutes a week to give up for their health. That’s all it takes, 3 days a week, 30 minutes each day. There is no excuse. Plus this program is meant for those who aren’t use to working out much, they start you off really easy and then work you up to full running. And you can keep accountable by posting your daily runs on facebook, the app does it for you. I hope you’ll check out Couch to 5K, it’s worth your time.
I plan on giving you an update at week 5 and at the 9 week mark, just to let you all know what I think and if it’s working for me. The downside is the weather. I’ve run in 85 degree weather, rain, high winds, snow and 30 degree weather. But despite the weather I still go out and run. I know it’s only 30 minutes and I’m not going to die from a bit of water or wind. And when I do finish for the day I feel very proud of myself for doing it and finishing it, plus I know I’m one day closer to my goal.

Here are a few screen shots of my daily work out screen on my iPod.

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