I used to be a person that despised walking anywhere. But then I moved into an inner city apartment, with work and friends and everything within 10 minutes, and convenient carparking nowhere to be found. Then walking become my preferred method of transport. I used to be that person that despised running. Running was only for if you were late, or for fun games (like netball, or soccer, or tag).
Now? Now I don't play netball anymore, and making it out the gym (which is conveniently near work, and not, rather inconveniently, anywhere near home) is sometimes impossible. So I've started running. Kind of. I don't know if you can call collapsing on the side of the road running. I've taken Quinn with me the few times I've attempted to run, and every time I stopped to die, he'd tug on the lead, as if his self-determination alone could make me go on. Which is hilarious, considering he's smaller than a shoebox. Still I was pretty sure I was doing it wrong. Running isn't meant to be this hard, right?
So, when Kyla said she was going to do the Couch to 5k program, I checked it out. Podcasts that tell you when to run, and when you can walk? Win. Podcasts that ease you into it, and play upbeat music? Win. Podcasts that cheer you on, even though you're dying? Woo!
So I downloaded the podcasts, and I took Quinn out.
So, week one. Slight drama. Perhaps for anyone else it would have been common sense, but I'm one of those people who prefer just to 'do it' instead of figuring out how I'm going to do it first. I know, I'm an idiot. There were two things I wished I'd thought about before hand:
First: Seriously wished I'd thought to try out my ipod/headphone get up before I went. My headphone extension cable was broke, which meant that I couldn't hear when it was time to run, or to walk. So I removed it, and was left with a super short set of headphones, which meant that I ended up shoving my ipod in my bra because it was the only place that the headphones would reach, and my ipod was secure. I know, I'm so classy. It also meant that I ran for half the podcast, and had to restart. Fail.
Second: The part where I wanted to just GO, and not think about it? Yeah . . . I should have worked out my route in advance, and figured out how far a round trip was. The first time I ended up back home before the podcast was half done, and on the second attempt, I picked a route that was way way too long, and ended up running when I was meant to be cooling down. It took me two or three attempts to get it right, but I got there in the end. Still, this was probably one of those situations where a little forethought would have come in handy.
All in all, I'm probably fitter than I think I am. The first weeks podcast was pretty easy, enough to make me sweat, but not enough to take my breath away, or make me feel like I was dying. I'm hoping that next weeks is a little more challenging. I'm also having issues finding a regular time to run. I can see this screwing up my commitment, but hopefully I'll find a spot in my routine where it fits.
I'll let you know how it goes. Are any of you doing the Couch to 5k program?? What do you think of it??