Thursday, January 26, 2012

Outfit of the Day: Couch to 5K, Week 4 Day 1

I didn't run until nearly noon so it was 80 degrees and sunny out by the time I left home. I won't make that mistake again. Running in direct sun on a hot day SUCKS! Anyway, my OOTD (outfit of the day) is an Aruba Run: Revitalize short sleeve top (made of silverescent circle mesh - love this material for hot weather), luxtreme Run: Take Flight Bike Shorts (I can tell these will become my favorite run shorts for warm weather), and a white Flight Running Bonnet. As I was running I wondered why I didn't wear my Energy sleeveless tank. I would have loved to have a little of my back bare for cooling.

Today was the first day of Week 4 of the Couch to 5K plan. The workout today was a 5 minute warmup walk, run 3 minutes, walk 90 seconds, run 5 minutes and walk 2 1/2 minutes and repeat the run/walk portion twice. I didn't do any extra intervals since I have been having various aches and pains pop up when I overdo things. I also want to do spin tomorrow. This run did not suck nearly as much as the run on Tuesday but it wasn't particularly enjoyable either. Running for three minutes right off the bat wasn't too bad either but the five minute run intervals were not easy. I had to keep visualizing how awesome my new Ebb and Flow crops will look as my hips shrink from running. ;-)  I think I might have felt better if I had gone earlier. The first run of the new "week" always seems to be hard so I am hoping things will go better when I run again on Saturday or Sunday. My son has a soccer tournament both days so I have to think about when I want to squeeze a run in. I prefer to work out earlier when I have more energy. My legs were definitely kind of tired during the second five minute run. I haven't felt that before in a run. I've been out of breath but not really fatigued.

5 comments:

DebbieTurko said...

I have done the c25k and I feel your pain lol. The first day I ran the one minute felt like it took forever and I thought my lungs were on fire. Now 5 months later I can run 8km with out stopping. The first km my lungs still hurt but after that they are fine. Over the next couple of months I will be increasing distance slowly to hopefully get up to 10 km each run. I do find my weekend runs when I am really refreshed the runs seem so much easier then in the evenings. Good luck and keep it up you are doing great!

Anonymous said...

Looked not the workout you are doing based on your comments and will be starting this week. Just a questions, whatdo you find is best way to do run/walk intervals. Do you have a timer on watch, just mental glance?

Anonymous said...

You are at the hardest part of running. A little more and it will be all down hill, so to speak. Once you work up to around 8 minutes you can easily run forever. Stick with it.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 4: 48 am - I have a Polar heart rate monitor watch that I look at for the time. My husband bought me a Garmin FR60 Heart Rate Monitor that you can set up intervals on and it will beep at you but I like to listen to my music so that doesn't work for me.

A couple of people told me working up to be able to run 5K/3 miles is the toughest part of running. I'm just going to follow the plan. The first time I ran 60 seconds it seemed endless so 5 minutes is pretty good for me. I try not to think about having to run 2.5-3 hours straight (!) for the half marathon or I'll psyche myself out.

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