I’m not a runner. I never have been. Even in school, I don’t ever remember running a mile. But for some strange reason (and believe me it’s strange), I was caught up by all these fitness people who love to run. So I decided to try the Couch to 5K plan which is a 10 week plan to get non-joggers off the couch and jogging a 5K. It basically combines walking and jogging segments, and ramps up the jogging part over 10 weeks. How hard could that be? After all, I’m not a total couch-potato – I have my own Sonjia to train with! Continue reading
I’m not sure how or why I thought I would like to jog. I’ve never been a jogger – even in school my shins & ankles hurt. And even though I was a “normal” weight and fitness level as a kid, I was always slow. But I’ve been getting into this movement stuff as a part of an overall healthy lifestyle path, and I thought it would be nice to be able to jog as a way to mix things up. Besides, I’m seeing how many of you LOVE to run! I want IN on that action!
So I tried. I headed out and alas, my ankles and shins really hurt after a block. I tried on grass and tracks with no relief. I am SO NOT an aggressive athlete type, so if it hurts, I stop.
Then I learned a bit about shoes, stride, rolling ankles, etc. I headed to The Running Warehouse (mainly an online store but in my area!) to analyze my “stride”. We video taped, tried some shoes, retaped, tried again and BAM! I found a pair of shoes that I was actually able to “jog” (I use that term loosely) on the treadmill for a few (literally 3) minutes pain free. This may not sound like a big deal, but believe me, it was!
And so it started… Weeks 1 – 3 were golden and I was feeling strong. I began Week 4 but my confidence quickly waned as my ankles and muscles to the outside of the shins became very tender.
I failed week 4. Really??? I can’t even jog for 5 minutes??? It’s weird because I’m extremely capable in so many areas of my life….
Then I re-read the #C25K plan and it said not to rush things and to repeat a week if necessary. Wooot – I have not failed… yet. (BTW – I’m going to give it a good try, but if after following the plan for a few more weeks, I’m still tender….)
So here’s to my Couch to 5K Week 3 friends – several 3 minutes songs for this week and 5 minute songs for next week. (Warning: My music tastes include mostly older stuff LOL.)
How is your #C25K plan going? AM I THE ONLY ONE STRUGGLING?