It's a beautiful day in London and I'm tired of being overweight and unfit. I used to be a pretty respectable athlete (about 7 years ago!) but haven't been taking care of myself since going to University and pursuing a PhD. I've gained about 20 lbs and get out of breath walking up three flights of stairs! It's a lot to begin with at once, but I'm going to be starting to eat better in addition to starting C25K. I've done the programme before (somewhat successfully) but that was about 3 years ago and I didn't keep it up once I moved.
I'm just about to leave for W1D1 now. My biggest fear is the humiliation of waddling around the park whilst being passed by uber-fit people three times my age. Now to turn that fear into motivation (and all the power to the senior citizens kicking my ***!)...
Chime in if you're also starting or with words of wisdom!
W1D1 done! Ok that actually felt really good... though I suppose I won't feel the consequences until tomorrow. I was a little bit too hot in a long sleeve tshirt but the jogging portions were perfectly fine. I was definitely breathing a little hard when it came to walking but was fine again by the end of the 90 sec. Having to dodge tourists should be motivation enough to start jogging in the morning before work.
Sorry, could not resist
Congrats on your first workout. Keep it up!
One thing to remember, when running the increase in body temperature makes the outside feel about 6-10 degrees more than it is outside - so 15 degrees becomes about 21 to25 degrees, while 20 degrees becomes more like 26 to 30 degrees depending on your effort and length of running. It is always a good idea to dress so that you start out feeling a little chilled, or at least wear an outer layer you can quickly take off when you begin to heat up. it will not be critical for the first four weeks of the C25K, because you never really do enough running to get too hot, but beginning in Week 5 and especially Week 7 keep this in mind.
Again ' good job on your first workout. Keep it up!
OVER 50 PRs
5K - 31:50 5K La Joya 2011 - Aug 2011
10K - 1:14:30 at Guayaquil Half Marathon - Jul 2011
Half - 2:32:22 at Guayaquil Marathon - Oct 2011
InterAmerican Family Fun Run (5k) 36:04 (Previous Year 39:22)
Emelec 5K 33:16
15 June - 5K Ciudad Celeste
22 June 5K por los Ninos
1 July - Guayaquil Half Marathon
5 August - 5K La Joya
2 September - 30K Milagro
7 October - Guayaquil Marathon
18 November - 5K Villa Club
2 December - 5K DM3
Great job Hydeparkjogger. Getting out the door and taking that first step is the key and you have done that. Don't worry about being slow or what other people think. You are doing this for you and not them, and most of them are probably thinking "good for you' anyway and are wishing you luck and are proud of you.
Keep up the great work!!
Warrior 5k 11 Sep 11-doing this with a couple friends. It will be their first race.
Jacksonville Marine Corps Half Marathon- 1 Oct 11
Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge- 7-8 Jan 12
"Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never
dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push
through the obstruction." William James
Don't worry about other people - there's all sorts out and about and I don't think anyone is really noticing anyone else. Well done for taking yourself out to Hyde Park on a sunny Sunday for your first workout though! I was so self-conscious for the first couple of weeks I wouldn't even run in daylight...
Will you be out watching the marathon next week? Great for motivation. I wish I was in London at the moment, I'll be watching on TV.
Hi Hyde Park Jogger. I'm starting c25k today (April 10th ) also. I completed it 2 years ago and ran some 5ks at a very slow pace (less than 5mph) and when I tried to pick up the pace I started having knee problems and had to quit. About a year ago I started playing tennis and found that if I iced my knee after a workout my knee would quit hurting. Yesterday when I asked my 26 year-old gym-rat daughter to start c25k with me and( I'm 55) she totally insulted me. so how about it Hyde Park Jogger would you consider training with Maggie and me?
Of course, the more virtual running partners, the better! I haven't told my friends about starting to jog again because I don't want to hear their taunts. Most of them go to the gym at least a few times a week and could probably run a decent 5K without any training at all. But I'm running my own race here!
Watched the Paris-Roubaix today and will watch the London marathon next week. I love admiring talented athletes... great motivation!
So true. Taunt was probably the wrong word but I think it's hard for people who have always been in good shape to understand what it's like to struggle with jogging for 60 seconds and so even if they're supportive, it can come off the wrong way. If they empathise by speaking of their troubles with the 9th mile of their 10 mile run... well they mean well...
Anyway, I'm excited for the programme. It's worked in the past on the treadmill and I actually think it'll be even better outside. The last running portion took me to the 3 km mark on my 5 km loop... it'll be so fun to be about to run the whole thing in a couple of months!
I think slow is the way to go! We'll have plenty of time to work on our speed after finishing this programme. But for now, slow and steady!
I'm a little sore today. I wish I had time to go for a walk but this PhD isn't conducive to taking time for myself.
Ok... W1D2 finished. It was a little harder than the first day but I think I was so overcome with pride on my first run that I didn't realise I was actually exercising! Hyde Park is stunning in the morning and about half way around my route, I was in disbelief that I haven't been doing this for years. There aren't any tourists this early in the morning so it was just me, some swans, plenty of ducks, a few cavalry horses, and loads of super fit runners.
I hope all the other first week-ers are enjoying themselves too!
Maggie and I finished W1D2 this morning too. It's still beautiful here in Dallas Texas so we were able to go out in the sunshine, but before long we will need to go out before the sun comes out in order to beat the heat. In my neighborhood there are lots of joggers with dogs (and no tourists) but by June it will be 100% (37) by 9:00 am so before long we will start getting up at 6:00 am to hit the coolest part of the day. Do you use the c25k podcasts?