Tag Archives: Jogging

My Modified Couch to 5K Plan- Today’s Surprise Victory (#C25K)

18 Nov
C25K - Mizuno Running Shoes - Running Warehouse - Kris M O'Connor

My Nifty New Running Shoes - Fitted For Me After a Video Analysis of My Weird Step

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

Repeating Week 3 of #C25K – Perhaps Music Will Help?

22 Oct

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!

I learned about the Couch to 5K plan – and I thought, “Heck, I can jog for 60 seconds! Geesh, I workout like a madwoman with my trainer! I can do 18 Cindy’s in 20 minutes!”

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.)

Couch to 5K – 3 Minute (more or less) Songs

Couch to 5k – 5 Minute (more or less) Songs

How is your #C25K plan going? AM I THE ONLY ONE STRUGGLING?

Public Fitness Goals – For Better or Worse

11 Oct

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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 😉
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

 

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