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Workout schedule and a crazy idea

I almost met my workout schedule for last week. I did not attend the Spinning class on Sunday. My “craftover” from attending The Handmade Market in Raleigh on Saturday was in full effect AND I had little people visiting for the weekend. A leisurely breakfast, a trip to the park and World of Mirth with my favorite 12 & 9 year old trumps the gym any day!

I’m back at my full workout schedule this week. Its been a …err…um.. challenge to get in 1 hour of cardio 3 times a week on my non-interval days. Back when I started on this journey my friend Adrien gave me some advice that made a ton of sense, but unfortunately I haven’t followed yet. She recommended that when I was done with the formal program at ZG to find a sport that I liked to keep my fitness going. Finding a sport when you A) have never played an organized sport in your life, B) out of all your local friends & associates only know 2 athletes, and C) are broke, has been a challenge. So what to consider? A sport that is relatively solitary and costs next to nothing in equipment – running.

It is know by anyone that knows me well or anyone that I’ve ever even remotely talked fitness to that I hate to run. My favorite saying is has been that I’d rather be beat with a stick than run. But, I have some decent shoes already and I can run anywhere (track, neighborhood, gym) thus eliminating the “I don’t feel like/have time or gas to drive to the gym” excuse that has been creeping up on those days. I’ve been checking out the Couch-to-5K program and will be starting with that on Tuesday. If you’ve tried any couch-to-5K program or have any tips for a NOOB runner, please feel free to leave them in the comments. If you are local and wanting to start with me, PLEASE let me know. I’m thinking I’m gonna need all the help I can get!

Workout Schedule (week of November 14):

  • Monday – Weights, Kickboxing
  • Tuesday – Day 1, Week 1 Couch-to-5K
  • Wednesday – Weights, Interval cardio
  • Thursday – Day 2, Week 1 Couch-to-5K
  • Friday – off
  • Saturday – Day 3, Week 1 Couch-to-5K
  • Sunday – Yoga

1 Comment

  1. I did C25k last year and ran my first 5k at the end of April. Take it slow! I started out running so slowly that my friend could actually walk beside me, and I felt a little silly, but it’s good to practice pacing. It also helps your muscles get used to the motion of running. The first few weeks it’s easy to run too fast because you’re not doing it for long, but once you get into the 8 minute runs you’ll be glad you’re going slowly.

    I do suggest investing in a decent pair of running shoes, and only using them for running (so they last longer). They don’t have to be fancy $100+ shoes, you can usually find something acceptable (if ugly) in the sale area for $30 at DSW.

    Good luck!

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