I have tried the Couch to 5K. Didn't work for me. Couldn't do it. I have been walking 3-5 times a week now for about 6 weeks. This is note worthy because I have never been a walker. It's super boring and so I choose Zumba, Kickboxing, Step, Biking, Elliptical, anything else. The problem is that if you want to run, you have to start by walking. Well, I decided I could try again. But a 5K is way too much to reach for. I googled "Couch to One Mile" and found a training program. The first week you are supposed to do 10 minutes of intervals: 30 seconds jog, 30 seconds walk. I didn't want to do this on a treadmill because it's too hard to try to change your speed every 30 seconds. And I was very nervous about injuring myself. Which is a valid concern. I have plantar fasciitis issues and hip issues. I am extremely overweight and running is scary. I felt like I could do 30 seconds at a time.
The opportunity arose yesterday. I babysit my bestie's baby on Wednesdays. It was a gorgeous unseasonably warm day. Along with the baby, she showed up with this!!
A jogging stroller.
That afternoon, we went to the walking trail on the canal.
It was kinda creepy being by myself. It was much more deserted than I had hoped. And the highway runs over it so it's full of these shady underpasses which give it a very *a-troll-probably-lives-under-here* feel.
At one point this homeless man with a big shaggy beard was jogging down the trail. It looked like he had a limp. And even though the trail goes for miles and miles and miles, he ran past me four times. Freaky. I didn't know homeless people exercised. Shouldn't they conserve their resources? But it turned out that he was a peaceful homeless man and he did not attack me. Catastrophe averted.
It was time for me to start jogging myself. I had a few false starts because I started getting really nervous. I almost chickened out. I got really sad for a second.
I really want to run. I decided to give it a go. I did 4 intervals of 30 second jogging. I could tell that if I kept it up I would get hurt. And my feet and hip were the faintest bit sore that night. But all in all, it went well! My first Couch to One Mile training complete!