Couch to 5K (Without the 5K)
Me, I’m just along for the ride. I don’t have any plans to run in anything organized, as I’m not convinced I can actually do a full run non-stop. I get winded incredibly easily, and even when I’m going super slow on a treadmill… I have a hard time catching my breath after about 2 minutes. I attribute a lot of this to me being a pretty heavy smoker, once upon a time. My lungs just feel shot, even when doing fairly basic cardio workouts.
That said, I’ve also never really been one to do much cardio, at least not consistently or methodically. I used to run at least once a week at the gym, but it was more of a “go there for 30 minutes” kind of a thing. I never kept track of time or distance, never tried to push myself to do better than the time before. I mostly went and punched in/out.
Using the Couch to 5K schedule, things seem to start off pretty easy: 60 seconds running, followed by 90 seconds walking. Do this for about twenty minutes. Repeat this 3x a week for a week or two, after which it goes to something like 60 running, 60 walking.
While Liz is getting herself back up into running mode (she used to run in HS), I’m simply looking to improve my endurance. I think trying to shoot for a 5K is ambitious for me, and I don’t want to add any extra stress above and beyond simply committing to the running. We’re doing an aggressive schedule of running every other morning, with me seeing a trainer at the gym once a week and Liz seeing a traier 2x a week.
Should be an interesting next few weeks.