Couch (Potato) to 5 Killer Kilometers
So I joined Weight Watchers in May. I wasn’t taking it seriously so in July I decided to get serious. I started tracking all the food I put in my mouth and I started jogging.
Yeah, me. Jogging. All 200+ pounds of me.
The Couch 2 5K is a nine-week program <http://www.c25k.com/podcasts.htm> developed for couch potatoes to get them running a 5K. Every week starts with a five-minute warm up and cool down. Week 1 has you run 60 seconds, walk 90, run 60, etc. for a total of about a half hour. The running intervals increase and walking decreases until eventually you run 30 straight minutes.
I started in July which is one of the hottest, ookiest months here. I dragged my butt out of bed at 5:30 to jog in the mornings when the sun was just peeking over the horizon and the humidity hovered lightly in the air. I got early morning showers in badly calibrated sprinklers and was dripping with sweat and mud when I got home. I got blisters, side splints, sore legs and my lungs screamed for air. I was a total noob.
Fast forward to today. I jogged 2.25 miles, breathing levelly, enjoying the waning night stars and cold dawn air. My brain shuts off as I let the music take over and my feet fly. I focus on nothing but the music, my breathing and the distant traffic lights. I don’t think about how tired I am, work, money, lack of a boyfriend…just me and the open road.
Sure, I’ve lost the ability to hit the snooze button. I still get sore muscles and blisters. I run slower than the podcast assumes (I jog 4.5 mph, they assume you run 6), so I have to increase my running time before my first 5K race in November. But I am down 20 pounds in just two months and am up a boatload of confidence. I haven’t looked or felt this good since college and I plan to continue running in the morning until the snow flies…then I’ll switch to the treadmill J
But just for today I took a quick little victory lap. I committed to the nine weeks.
And I won.