Oh, internets, I am so out of shape. I feel like a total and complete failure at jogging. Today I set out to complete Week 1 | Day 1 of the Couch to 5K jogging program. I even have a nifty little iPhone app that tells me when to run and when to walk. Today’s goal was a 5 minute warm-up walk (easy peasy!) and then 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes, ending with a 5 minute cool-down walk.
Well, I got about 7.5 minutes into the running/walking thing and then had to stop. I felt like I was going to die. Really. I couldn’t breathe (allergies have a role in this I KNOW), my hips hurt and my calves were seizing up. Running on pavement is certainly different than running on the floor in the aerobics room, let me tell you! I hurt in places I don’t normally hurt when I run in my Thursday fitness class.
I thought this was going to be easy and I couldn’t make it to 4 minutes of running. I just couldn’t. So I paused my C25K app and just continued on my walk with Shawn and Jinx. So I did get 3.27K of distance in but it’s pretty much all through walking.
I was very happy that Shawn jogged along with me. He had the daunting task of trying to keep Jinx from thinking that the faster speed meant SPRINT FOR YOUR LIFE WHEEEEE! And yet Shawn’s slow jog still put him waaaaay ahead of me on the street.
I don’t know. I feel like such a failure though Shawn told me I shouldn’t. Not everyone is a runner. I have never been to be honest. Endurance running was not something I was ever good at even with figure skating and swimming at my back.
I am not going to give up. What I need is maybe a Love Seat to the Couch app. A pre-Couch to 5K program that can get me to run 30 seconds or 45 on and 2 minutes off. I need something MUCH lower goal than what I have here.
I will still try and do this Mon-Wed-Fri though. I don’t want to give up despite how abysmally disappointed I am right now. I really thought I could do the 20 minutes with no problem. I was so very wrong on that count.
Any words of motivational advice out there? I could use some encouragement…