Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It's Official...

Today was the beginning of hopefully a long-term, new lifestyle for me.

I am sure you have all heard of the running program called Couch to 5K, right?
If not, you can check it out here.

I have never been really big into running. As a matter of fact I have always hated it.
My knees would ache, I had terrible shin-splints in high school, and I have always been "too busy".

My sister, you can check her out here, has always seemed to be a runner.
She is in fabulous condition and I must admit, I am a little bit jealous of her physique!
I know she doesn't look like she does without working hard for it either.

So I decided today was the day (okay actually I decided last night at work) that I start a running program. To make it easy on myself, I spent some time last night at work typing out each of the workouts for each week. I figured out what times I would have to walk and jog during the workout so that I don't have to think too hard about when I have to change from jogging to walking and vice versa.
Now if that was too tough to understand, cuz it was kinda tough for me to understand and I wrote it, here is what I mean...
I have to have things visual in order to do things properly!

The above is this week's training schedule.
I thought posting each week (maybe twice a week) would give me some accountability.
My sister will probably be keeping tabs on me this way too! 
Love you Kirsty!

This also falls under my resolutions for 2011! I can honestly say I haven't failed, but I haven't been "on top" of it like I had wanted to be.

I have to say, I felt great after I was done with the workout today.
During the workout I struggled a little bit, but seriously, this was not that tough!
I am ready and rarin' to go on Thursday!

If you are interested, I will be posting my workout breakdowns each week.
I would love it if some of you would take on this challenge with me.


Mike and Kirsten said...

You got it right by saying it is a "lifestyle change." I fall off the workout wagon all the time(ah hem...like right now) but you have to jump back on it and keep going. Exercise and movement is so critical for your health and your heart.
p.s. I'm glad you understand that chart you made up because I don't...must be too early this morning. :) Love you. Half marathon on 9/18/11(my wedding anniversary) in Santa Fe baby...come join me!!

Elena (Running in Heels After Child) said...

I never would have believed I would become a runner, but I am. It is amazing to challenge yourself and train for and complete a race.

Stick with it, it is more then worth the aches in your joints.

Happy Running,


Beth said...

Oh Kirsten! It is easy to understand! I switch to jogging or walking at the time in parenthesis when I am on the tredmill. So, at 5 min I start jogging, at 6 min I start walking, at 7 min 30 sec I jog again, and so on and so forth. Makes it easier so I don't have to calculate it while I am trying to focus on jogging or walking.