Monday, June 8, 2009

Week 1.5 of Couch to 5k

So as I had already decided last week, I am going to do one more week of week one of  the C25k program.

By the way, here is a website that started it all- (don't click any of the links just scroll to the bottom for the program. Additionally, you can check out this website that has links to different podcasts and other information about the program.

So on to my description of Day 1 Week 1.5, I almost made it through all 8 60s sprints!!! A car came by at during the last one and I had to step into a driveway since there are no sidewalks in my neighborhood. So 7 2/3 of 8 is not to0 shabby considering last Wednesday it took everything I had to get through 5 sprints. The last two though I had to keep repeating as I ran "I CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT!"  My ode to the little engine that could. Positive thinking was all that kept me motivated when my legs were dragging like lead weights, sweat was pouring from orifices that I did not need to know I had, and I felt like I was running through sludge. It was like those dreams where you are running and running with all you have, but you don't seem to be getting anywhere. Then, again I may be the only one who had those dreams :P. 

I also wanted to include a few websites that might be helpful if you are interested in getting healthier which I strongly encourage everyone to do. One you can get to from the BetterU (red thing at the top of left of the blog). For those teachers out in Rutherford County it will contain something familiar-SMART goals! Basically each week you do a little course to learn more about getting healthy took me like 5 minutes, set a SMART Goal (Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and in a time frame for those non-RCS employees). Then you set a reward for attaining that goal. My goal this week is to do 30 minutes of physical activity everyday this week (since I got close last week I feel this is possible). My reward which is specific to me is that I will go and buy myself a new book at Barnes and Noble (I have a coupon, Matt!).

This program is sponsored by the American Heart Association. Since heart disease and stroke are the No 1 cause of death in women, you might want to think about getting heart healthy. 

Also has a ton of resources to help you out. I use the daily plate to keep up with my calories, track my weight, and body measurements, and I took the running dare which I  use to track my running goals. Lots of articles and information there to help you out.

Remember the power of positive thinking is what got me through today's runs so if you think you can't do it I challenge you to go read The Little Engine that Could. Then set your self a SMART goal and a reward and get cracking.

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