Couch to 5K – Finally “Running” Again

April showers bring April flowers.

11 months after breaking my ankle, I’ve finally started running again (for real this time, I hope, knock wood!).  The best part has been seeing all the beautiful spring flowers!

Last week I started the Couch to 5K program (using the free app).  The first week has you walk for 5 minutes, then run for 60 seconds and walk for 90 seconds for eight repetitions, followed by another 5 minutes of walking.  The entire workout is only 30 minutes, which I appreciated more than I’d like to admit.  The timer (a bell plus a woman’s voice telling you to “start running” or “begin walking“) keeps me honest as I ease back into this whole running thing again after so long.  I’m basically starting over as a runner, only this time I’m 13 years older and have a deep-seated fear of breaking my ankle again.  On the plus side I know which flavors of Gu I like and I have all sorts of gear.  I feel like such a poser heading out in my bright tights and fancy shoes and running belt for my 60 seconds of jogging!  Maybe bringing all the snacks is overkill?  Nah…

 

I’m doing the second week now, which has bumped me up to a full 90 seconds of running and 2 minutes of walking (but only six repetitions of each, so it’s still only 20 minutes long).  The saddest thing is that I really feel those additional 30 seconds of running.  If you saw me out there with my slow trot and constant starting and stopping, you’d be more likely to suggest I take up knitting than try running the NYC Marathon in 27 weeks.

Even this squirrel is skeptical.

I hope there are no more 11-month tapers in my future, and that running nonstop for 30 minutes doesn’t ever seem like an insurmountable goal again, because all this not running has really put a damper on my fun-times candy-consumption.  My Garmin also seems to have given up the ghost during this long time off.  Time to buy a new watch?

 

Do you have any GPS & heart rate watch recommendations?  Have you ever taken a year off from running?  Did you score any good deals on Easter candy?  Share in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Couch to 5K – Finally “Running” Again

  1. LunaTek

    Glad you are ‘pacing’ yourself as you get back into running. heh heh.
    Thanks for info on the app. Good idea to have someone calling out intervals instead of having to look at a watch. Are there others for spinning or other kinds of interval training? I do the 7 min workout but haven’t used others.

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    1. WTFinish Post author

      There are lots of newish gadgets on the market that try to be virtual trainers (I know Adidas makes one, but there are many others). I’m not sure if they do various sports or just running, but I’d bet they have ones for spinning etc. I haven’t tried them because I still have a hot/cold relationship with wearing headphones when I run, and because that kind of tech would add a layer of complexity to my run that I’m just not ready for (either because I’m tech incompetent or because I’m always recovering from some kind of injury and don’t want to listen to a robot tell me to sprint). But the C25K app is tolerable because it doesn’t tell you to sprint or anything like that, just run and walk. They make one for 10K as well.

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  2. Ben

    Congrats on baby steps! I have the Garmin Forerunner 35 which has the heart monitor built in. It’s my first real GPS watch, and I like it. Also during this past week I’ve seen two dead squirrels while running after never encountering a dead squirrel during my previous four years of running. There’s either a squirrel serial killer living along my running route, or HBO has come up with a unique way of promoting their show, The Leftovers.

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    1. WTFinish Post author

      Hahaha! I tried watching that show but gave up because it was too boring… or maybe my attention span has withered along with my leg! Thanks for the watch rec. After writing this post I gave my watch another shot (it kept freezing and discharging but I tried again) and this time it seemed to work! But if it keeps acting up I’ll definitely get a new one. I hope you don’t see anymore dead squirrels (or alternatively solve the mystery)!

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      1. Ben

        The first season of The Leftovers was a bit of a somber chore to get through though it had its moments. It’s worth it to get to the second season and the current final season. The show runners found the sweet spot between tragedy and comedy, and I enjoy it’s weirdness.

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