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.
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!