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?
Cruising the fitness blogs and social media circles, I’ve been noticing a goal setting theme. I was struck by Lisa Johnson’s ideas on “Engaging your Tribe” for Challenge Week. And I’m sensing there is real power in building your community (digital or otherwise) as a way to gain support and be accountable.
My goals are actually around exercise activities I don’t like much, and I don’t like them because they are HARD for me. Achieving these goals will be a result of being stronger, healthier, and more trusting of my abilities.
So here it goes, for better or worse, my 5 exercise goals:
- Jump rope for 2 minutes without tripping by the end of October. Why? I’m a bit uncoordinated and I should be able to do this, just out of principle, right? 2 weeks ago I couldn’t even make 10 jumps. I’m now up to 1 minute (on a good run), so that’s progress. Plus it will be good for my heart.
- Complete one of Sonjia’s CrossFit classes by the end of October. Why? Why not? I’ve been working out with her 2x per week for a while. Why am I afraid of her class? I’m not sure. But I’m going to do one – afraid or not!
- Do 10 x 10 of REAL burpees (jump up, jump out, push up, jump in) by the end of November. Why? The plyo aspect of this exercise is very intense for me – it will be good for my heart and improving my higher intensity endurance. I did 3 x 10 last night and was quite pleased with myself – I’ve never done 10 REAL burpees before, let alone 30 😉
- Jog 5K by mid December using the Couch to 5K Plan. Why? I’ve never been able to jog – even as a kid – my shins HURT! I even took a jogging class in college thinking that I would eventually condition enough to like it. NOT. But I just got new shoes and I can trudge along for a short distance (like really short) without pain! This would be a huge accomplishment for me – both mentally and physically. And conditioning in this way to be able to integrate jogging into my lifestyle (heck, you can do it anywhere) would be a nice thing to have in my toolbox.
- Be able to ride Poly Canyon on my bike by the end of December. Why? I want to be stronger on hills and more confident (not freaking out). (I recently remembered that didn’t ride a bike as a kid, so I was shocked at how bad I am!) For this goal, it’s ok if I stop and rest, but I want to be strong enough (mentally and physically) to not quit. I want to be better on my bike so that my boyfriend and I can head out and ride together.
What will it take for me to reach these goals? Practice and perseverance…. It’s just that simple. My regular activities need to incorporate a little time devoted to these activities. (Sonjia will be thrilled that I will volunteer for burpees and jumprope LOL.)
So thank you in advance for all of your fun chatter and support – it is much more fun being part of a community trying to make small changes towards a healthy lifestyle.
What are your goals? Have you gone public with them?