From couch to 5k
I meant to post this 4 weeks ago but wanted to make sure I was going to continue this...
The wife and I have started training for a 5K using this program
The Couch to 5k Training Plan | From Couch to 5k
So far we are 4 weeks in and so far so good! You actually start out pretty easy 5 min walk 2 min jog 5 min walk. I ended up doubling it as 2 mins went by pretty fast (though I was pretty sore afterwards...).
Anyway our 5K is on 17Jul in Glastonbury CT. Will be posting updates as the run gets closer.
Bought a decent watch that does internvals like a champ, need to get new shoes soon and then we should be good to go. I am running tues and thurs at work (during lunch) and sat at home with the wife. While I can't say I am enjoying running (no runners high :() I don't hate it as much as I used to. If the 5K goes well the next goal will be 10K then hopefully 1/2 marathon then maybe a marathon (yikes, go back to thinking 5K).
Well just though I would share.
Good job! A friend of mine got started running last year using the Couch to 5K ipod app. This morning she ran her second half marathon (at least until they shut it down for the heat).
One thing I didn't see on the site that is a good rule to keep in mind is that you should be able to have a conversation while you are running. If you can't, you are pushing yourself too hard.
Be careful, once you start collecting those technical shirts from races, it is hard to stop ;)
Maybe not as important for a 5K, but keep these things in mind when you start running longer distances:
Band-Aids (for your nipples) are your friends. Don't skimp; get the cloth Band-Aid brand.
Body Glide (for everywhere else. And I mean everywhere) is also your friend.
5k is 3 miles? should be a breeze
Hmm yes bandaids will be doing that :) Right now I can chat while running with my wife and I push it a little harder when I run by myself.
As to the short distance gotta start somewhere and Glastonbury is close to you Gain come run with me :)
Just a quick update
Last week did 3.1+ miles in 33:04 (just over 10:30 a mile)
Did the same distance in 32:40
both days in high heat and high humidity so hopefully as the temp and humidity go down my times will go up (right now shooting for 10 minute miles). Its nice to see the improvement for 9 weeks ago to now.
Got some new shoes, the wife and I went to a running store and got fitted, I ended up with some Nike Pegasus 28's and really like them.
Our race (well I call it a run) is this sunday and the wife is already talking about looking for our next 5K.
So my next goals ar to lower my mile times to 10 minutes then in 1 minute increments down to about 7-8 minutes. I would like to do longer distances but not sure if I have the time to do so. Currently I run at lunch 2 days a week by myself and the wife and I run on saturdays. She isn't as enthusiastic about going longer distances so I would have to run longer at work but I only have an hour for lunch...
Will report after the run on sunday, hope the heat and humidity stay down.
Just wear what you normally do to run, you'll be fine.
An update, we did our 5K. It was pretty hot and humid. My wife doesn't handle the heat well and we had to walk 3 times. Our first mile was good at just under 12 minutes. Second mile was 13.5 minutes (with probably 1-2 minutes of walking) Last mile was 14.5 minutes (with 2-3 minutes of walking). Total time was 41:12. I was going to be happy with anything under 45 as my wife doesn't run very fast.
I have already scheduled another 5K in August (my wife wants to wait until it gets cooler to run another)September possibly 2 in October and we will finish our season in November at the Manchester Road Race on Thanksgiving (15,000 people and 5 miles).
This morning I ran a person best of 31.18 for 5k so just under 10 minutes a mile! WOOT!
the other one was in CT so I think he means Manchester, CT.
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