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I'm starting week three today, actually and so far so good. I'm new to the Cool Runnings community, but happened to stumble across the forums and am inspired by all the support! Honestly, this has been a struggle so far for me; I quit smoking about a year ago and managed to put on a bit of weight in the process, so running (or shuffling as I call it) is challenging, but I'm noticing improvement each time I run.
How is it going for you?
Starting week 2 today, (april 3) if I can. Finished week one on Friday, Saturday was a "walk" day - and I did something to my knee. The back of it is a bit swollen, and it's stiff. I'm hoping that once I start to move it will be all right. Desk bound since noon, but hamstring stretches at every opportunity.
If it hurts too much, I'll take another walk day - any suggestions?
I want to run a 5K on June 18.
Congrats on taking on this challenge. Good luck! If you think some local C25K buddies might make the journey more fun, check out WannaBuddy.com. The site is designed to connect local people who share a common interest. I've seen some posts there about C25Ks and people looking for buddies, so you could find someone right around the corner.
Good luck and keep with it!
I'm by no means a dr, but after a couple of spinal injuries my advice to you would be to always listen to your body. If it hurts, don't push it. This is not a race and if you have to repeat weeks in the plan or take extra "walk days" then do it without question.
I find that ice helps me on days I'm a little ouchie, but if your swelling persists I would go get checked out by a dr. Knees are not something to mess around with.
Keep us posted on how you're doing and congrats on starting this challenge!
Congrats everyone, I just finished W1D3 today, looking forward to next week. So far so good, can't wait to see what the extra 30 seconds of run time will be like. I am still trying different types of music to run to, still haven't found that perfect mix. What does everyone else listen to?
6/11/11 3rd Annual Run The Flood 5K 29:48
Hi, all. New to the boards, but I am really needing encouragment. LOL. I have done W1D1-2. Made it through both but feel like I am going to die. I am only about 15 pounds overweight, but I am so out of shape. I have never been athletic and have always hated sports of really any kind. My husband started working out and getting into shape in Nov. of 2009 and he has changed his life, his looks everything. He ran his first 10K this weekend. I just felt so left out that I decided to do something about it. Unfortunately, I have NO will power and it takes a lot to get me off the couch and out the door. And the first days are NOT easy at ALL...I imagine that I will have to repeat week 1.
Everyone says that it does feel good eventually, I just hope it is sooner rather than later. I am sure that I sound like a whiney mess, but I really need to whine about it. Does anyone here struggle with not actually wanting to do it (mentally I am there.)?
I like the Avett Brothers to run to.
I'll be doing W2D1 tomorrow morning. My W1D3 run was my best yet! I ran it outside as opposed to on the treadmill and I think it helped a little to jog completely at my own pace. The goal now is to workout one of the three days outside so that when I do a 5k race I won't be completely out of my element you know. I tweaked my playlist after every workout last week as I was finding that some of the songs I thought would work for me just didn't. My playlist at the moment looks like this:
1. Listen to the music (DJ Malibu Mix) - The Doobie Brothers
2. Caring is Creepy - The Shins*
3. Ali In The Jungle - The Hours
4. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons
5. Manhattan - Kings of Leon
6. The Cave - Mumford & Sons
7. Between Tow Lungs - Florence + The Machine
8. Sinnerman (Felix Da House Cat Heavenly House Mix) - Nina Simone
9. West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
10. For Nancy (Cos It Already Is) - Pete Yorn
11. Baby (feat. Ludacris) - Justin Bieber
12. Drumming Song - Florence + The Machine
13. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) - Florence + The Machine
14. You've Got The Love - Florence + The Machine
15. The House That Built Me - Miranda Lambert
16. On The Darkside - John Cafferty
17. Maps - Rouge Wave
*this song is new to the playlist - I have not worked out to it yet so the jury is still out on if I like it or not.
I set it up in iTunes so that each song plays for the amount of time I need to walk or jog. When the music switches I change my pace! Much easier than watching the clock!
Hope this helps - let me know!
Eli I did days 1-2 really wanting to and then yesterday, D3, I really did not want to go. I was sitting on the couch all comfy watching a movie at 5:00pm and was ready to call it it night and then I remembered that I had committed to doing this and by not getting off the couch I was only letting myself down. I laced up my shoes and left the house. The first 5 minutes or so were really rough BUT it ended up being the best workout yet and gave me the motivation to keep going. It will be hard and there will be days that you do not want to get out there but remember YOU CAN DO THIS. Even if you are just jogging lightly you are moving faster than you would be on the couch! Good Luck!!