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We completed our first week of training! Lets start with what method of training we chose to use. We decided to try the Couch to 5K approach which is fitting because I need to get my cute butt off the couch! Basically, this program weans you onto running which is exactly what I needed. It starts you off slow, the first day walking more than you're running and for only about 15 minutes. As the weeks go by & you progress, the time you're working out increases as well as the amount of time you're actually running. I like this because it builds you up & I think I'm going to enjoy learning to run this way.
The first day wasn't as brutal as I had anticipated. I won't lie, I was nervous. I don't know why I was nervous because doing any amount of running would be an improvement. But I put on my pretty awesome new running pants, laced up my sleek new running shoes, pinned my insanely wild hair back and got ready to go out! I popped in my headphones with a pretty epic playlist going to pump me up!
My sister and I walked for a few minutes & when we were each ready we began to ran. I probably ran for about 2-2.5 minutes my first stretch. I was by no means running fast, but I was running. Then I'd walk for a few minutes, then pick up and run again. The first day of the couch to 5K plan was to be out for 15 minutes & we were out for a touch more than 21 minutes! I'll brag about that!
I didn't feel as awful doing this as I thought I would. I focused a lot on my breathing & looking ahead. I also made sure to stop running & walk when I had to and pushed myself a little more in my next lap.
When we got home I was proud, I think the first steps are some of the hardest & I was proud that my sister and I made those steps! Trust me, I felt those steps later on & the next morning. I forgot how not fun being sore was. Rude awakening but I suppose it's better than not being sore from doing nothing.
The next 2 runs we were out longer & both ran more. We are still doing the combination of running & walking and will for a good chunk of the upcoming runs. I will say, I pushed my limits especially on day 3. However, I know I can push myself more. I'll be the first to admit it; I'm wildly out of shape; so working on my endurance & strength are top priorities. I also need to work on making that voice in my head that says "you can do it, just run a little bit more", louder.
I will admit too that after the first day of running, I skimped out on stretching. I just kind of did it for a few minutes & I know that's not a good thing and trust me- I felt it the next day. So after runs 2 & 3 I decided to YouTube some stretching post run & found a great 15 minute yoga video. That stretching really made a difference. It winded me down after my run, made me more relaxed & the next day, I was sore, but it was tolerable.
I supplemented my runs with additional workouts on off running days. I did Pilates one day & some strength training focusing that day on arms, shoulders & chest. For my schedule right now, working out 5 days a week works & it's good to give my body 2 days rest to recover.
I'm looking forward to another week of training to see how much more I improve- even if it's just slightly! I'm hoping to continue hitting the 2 mile mark this week & as I start running more than walking, I hope to increase my pace too. So here's to a successful week 1 of training!
I get by with a little help from my...apps.
Let me tell you about some of the apps I've been using to help me. All of them are made by Under Armour & have been tremendously helpful for me.
The first one is called My Fitness Pal. I've actually been using this one on & off for months. This app is meant for tracking your daily food intake. I've tried many of these apps & this one is the easiest for me to use. You set up your profile with your weight, goals, etc. Once you do that, you can begin tracking! You can add food items separately or you can take some time & create recipes within the app. I create recipes for foods I eat often; like my steel cut oatmeal or my veggie soup. It will calculate the calories for you based on the ingredients & serving size. It'll keep it stored (as well as your recent & frequent foods) so it makes it easier to track! There are tons of other things you can do with this app & if you wanted to pay for an upgrade, you can do even more!
Then they have the Map My Run app also by Under Armour. This app is good for tracking your exercising. If you're going out for a run, you can click the "start workout" button & it'll track your route, how long you were out there for, your pace, the miles, etc. You can also track other workouts here like biking, walking, sit ups, push ups, etc. You can set up goals, create challenges between friends & keep a solid log on all your hard work. This app also connects to your My Fitness Pal. So your food tracker will adjust your calories based on how many you burned during your workout!
The third app is called Run Trainer. Because I'm a new runner, this one is super helpful. You can choose the type of running program you'd like; we chose Couch to 5K, and you can adjust your schedule to what works best for you. It guides you by telling you how many minutes you should walk & run and how long your total workout should be. It also gives you tips to your rest days & what else you can do to keep your body strong & healthy. When you're in this app & you're ready to start your workout, you can click "Track Run" and it'll bring you right into the Map My Run app so you can begin!
All of these apps might seem overwhelming but it's really not so bad. I especially like the first two because you can track your progress overtime & have a sense of accomplishment as you improve!
So overall week one was solid! Now onto the next week...
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