Recently I made post about how I started running again and how I wanted to get really good at it. And what I mean by that is that I want to better my endurance so I can run longer. One of you suggested I try the couch to 5k app.
And so it begins on July 19th I began using the couch25kfree app. I was excited, doubtful and scared. I am the kind of person who tends to start things and not complete them. I just had to remind myself this is a new me, and I am going to complete this just to prove to myself that I was capable.
Surely enough something came up and I ended up with an injury of sorts. I found out that I am flat footed and had pain in my feet that made it difficult to walk let alone run. So I took a break and then I found out that I got hired for a job so running to a back seat because I wanted to focus on my job and making sure I was doing a great job.
I will complete this app, this I promise. It’s just going to be a short while until I get comfortable with the flow of my new job and I get some good running shoes to help with my flat feet. In the meanwhile I have been doing foot exercises to help my situation.
The couch to 5k free app is an 8 week program that start of slow and gradually increases until you can run 3 miles straight.
5 minute warm up (walking) then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes and a five minute cool down( I did stretches).
The first day was exciting and I thought it was going to be so hard. And I surprised myself because I didn’t think I could run for a whole minute but I could and I could do it easily. I had my bottle of water and ate afterwards.
I usually don’t eat in the mornings but running definitely helped me to start doing that. Since then I haven’t been eating breakfast because I work early in the morning and just don’t have time but that’s changing soon.
Any way I woke up at 6:30 in the morning, took my dog for a walk and then around 7:30 or 8:30, I ran.
Day two was crazy because everything was way harder than the first day, but It felt like this time it went faster.
Day three was a breeze and I was excited to start the next “level.” I almost forgot, I started to feel soreness in my abs which was great! And I am not being sarcastic, It was truly fantastic.
5 minute warm up (walking) then run for 90 seconds walk for two minutes for total of 20 minutes, then cool down for 5 minutes
I was like I don’t know how the hell I’m gonna do this! Then I snapped myself out of that train of thought and pushed through. And it was great, hard but great.
Day 2, 3.
It was more of the same And I started to build a tolerance. It’s important to realise that i didn’t do all of these runs consecutively, but I did run three times a week.
Week 3 is where the problems started to arise.
Week three was 5 minute warm up (walking), two repetitions of jogging -90 seconds- and walking 90 second, jogg for three minutes then walk for three minutes. This was the hardest but I was most proud because three minutes killed me. I almost cried at the of it, almost.
Then my feet hurt really bad and I figured I injured myself and you know the rest. I will tell you more about my new job in the next post but for now, check out my social media.
Thanks for reading, Sombia