21 February, 2011

Couch-to-5k: week two, workout one

Today, the routine for the C25k program is a brisk 5minute walk, then alternating between 90 seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Ladies and gentlemen... i almost died today.

Well... not really. But i felt like it.

I stretched a little, warmed up - and did my 5 minute walk... then my first 90 second run. That was fine. I walked two minutes at a brisk pace, then cranked up the machine to jog for another 90 seconds... This was less-than fine...
The jogging got increasingly harder as my 20 minutes ticked by, and by the end of it i was pushing myself through the 90 second intervals by counting down the seconds until i could walk again. I laugh now, but at the time (about an hour ago) i felt like i was going to die.
Thoughts of quitting went through my mind, i won't lie.
At about 14 minutes, i thought "who would notice if i just didn't finish this run today?" but i persisted.
At 16 minutes, more thoughts of stopping early... but i persisted.
at 19:30 minutes (walking), i thought of starting to cool down early, but was almost at 2km... so i persisted.

at 20 minutes and 15 seconds, i hit 2km, and started to do my cool down walking.

On Saturday i felt so triumphant that i had gone 2.16km in 20 minutes. Today, i barely hit 2km and was exhausted!

On one hand, i feel great that i pushed myself to complete the daily goal.
On the other, i feel a little disappointed that i jogged more and had less mileage. I suppose i did end up walking more too. Maybe i'm right on track :)

At any rate, tomorrow is a walking day for me, and i'm excited. I saw some spinning classes offered in the village so i might ring them tomorrow and see what they cost.


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