This week I actually started running! Even though I made the decision about a month ago that I was going to challenge myself to run a 5K, I didn't jump right in and start running immediately. I've been taking it slow, going for walks and hikes and just trying to be more active in general. (Yes I was taking it slow, but I think there was some procrastination, too!) I think just getting started is the often hardest part for me. Deep down, I wasn't sure I could even do the first week of the program. My wonderful husband offered to jog with me, I didn't even have to ask. Having a partner really helps. To my surprise my son even joined us one evening!
To help me with this challenge, I'm following The Couch to 5K Running Plan. I would love to get the app, but I don't have a smart phone. I just printed out the chart that tells you what you should do each week. I chose this plan (because I found it on Pinterest of course!) but also because it seemed realistic. I like that the plan has small steps and gradually increases in difficulty. That approach seems to work best for me. I also like that you can measure your progress by time or distance, it's your choice. PLEASE NOTE: I'm in no way affiliated with The Couch to 5K Running Plan app or program. I'm not being compensated to use it or blog about it.
The first two weeks of the program, I need to run for 20 minutes three times a week. During that 20 minutes, I jog for 60 seconds and walk for 90 seconds. (I'm assuming the app would keep track of my time, but I just use a stopwatch.) I successfully completed the first week of the program and I feel really good! My legs are a little stiff, but nothing too bad. On days that I don't run, I am still trying to be active by going for walks, using an elliptical or going to the gym for a step aerobics class.
Even though it was hard getting started, once I started and actually did it, it wasn't so bad!
Inspired by this pin for the Couch to 5K running program.