This week my mom is my guest blogger and she’s sharing her experience with tackling a 5K running program. If you missed Monday’s post, please go back and read it for the background on why she decided to start a 5K Running Program. Take it away mom……
Since I was appalled at how out of shape I was, I decided I needed to do something about it and hopefully bring down my high cholesterol levels in the process. So I went to I tunes and started looking at the different running and work out programs they offered. I finally chose one called “5K Runner.” I think it cost me $ 2.99. Let me stress this right now – I am not endorsing the app and I don’t get any payment from them. I chose the app because I thought it would help me accomplish what I wanted to do. I’m just sharing my experience with this app with you. Period.
The 5 K program is an 8 week program geared towards beginners – like me! It’s a gradual program that you do 3 days per week. You can run it outside or on a treadmill, which was one of the biggest reasons I chose this program – I specifically wanted to use my treadmill for it.
The first day started out pretty simple – a 25 minute total work out and the longest I had to run at one time was 1 minute. Still exhausting, but I pushed through it. Each day they change up the program a little, as far as how many minutes you do total, and they gradually increase the amount of time you are running. So far I’ve gone through 4 weeks of the program and here’s my breakdown of my total minutes each time, along with the distance I did and the calories I burned according to my treadmill stats:
Week 1, Day 1
25 minutes 1.43 miles It wasn’t too bad.
30 minutes 1.5 miles
30 min. 1.5 miles Halfway thru I was hating it.
WEEK 2 Day 1
30 min. 1.67 miles 137 calories Not bad
28 min. 1.53 miles 138 calories
30 min. 1.75 miles 150 calories
Week 3 Day 1
26 min. 1.45 miles 118 calories
26 min. 1.46 miles 130 calories
30 min. 1.63 miles 128 calories
WEEK 4 Day 1
34 min. 1.83 miles 149 cal. OMG – are they kidding me? Run for 5 minutes??
34 min 2.08 miles 187 cal.
36 min. 220 miles 180 cal. Ran the 5 minutes intervals with no problem today!!
What I’ve noticed so far:
I lost 3 pounds which was a bonus for me.
I can now run for 5 minutes straight! 5 minutes. I am shocked. Maybe not a big deal to some people but to me – huge deal!!
Some days I hate doing the program. I’ll be about 3 minutes into the running section and all I can think about is how much I hate doing this. It’s hard…. I’m tired…. It’s sucks to concentrate on running and I keep thinking about chocolate chip cookies. I’m sweating. Why am I putting myself through this? It would be so easy to just stop and say I’ll do it tomorrow instead. But I keep going. I push myself. And I finish the workout and I’m proud of myself. I did it. I go take a shower, make a smoothie and plop my butt in my easy chair and think “Thank goodness I don’t have to do that again for 2 days.”
Right now I am exactly half way through the program. I’ll keep going. I’ll also keep tweaking my diet. Some days I do better than others. Sometimes I have a small piece of cake or a hot dog. But I keep eating more fruit and vegetables. If I fall off my food program I don’t beat myself up over it. I just say I’ll do better on my next meal. But I keep at it.
I’d like to thank my mom for sharing her story with us. She said she’ll come back and give us updates. Is anyone else out there on any special workout program If you are, I’d love to hear about it.