Repeating Week 3 of #C25K – Perhaps Music Will Help?

The One, The Only, Ray Charles

I’m not sure how or why I thought I would like to jog. I’ve never been a jogger – even in school my shins & ankles hurt. And even though I was a “normal” weight and fitness level as a kid, I was always slow. But I’ve been getting into this movement stuff as a part of an overall healthy lifestyle path, and I thought it would be nice to be able to jog as a way to mix things up. Besides, I’m seeing how many of you LOVE to run! I want IN on that action!

So I tried. I headed out and alas, my ankles and shins really hurt after a block. I tried on grass and tracks with no relief. I am SO NOT an aggressive athlete type, so if it hurts, I stop.

Then I learned a bit about shoes, stride, rolling ankles, etc.  I headed to The Running Warehouse (mainly an online store but in my area!) to analyze my “stride”. We video taped, tried some shoes, retaped, tried again and BAM! I found a pair of shoes that I was actually able to “jog” (I use that term loosely) on the treadmill for a few (literally 3) minutes pain free. This may not sound like a big deal, but believe me, it was!

I learned about the Couch to 5K plan – and I thought, “Heck, I can jog for 60 seconds! Geesh, I workout like a madwoman with my trainer! I can do 18 Cindy’s in 20 minutes!”

And so it started… Weeks 1 – 3 were golden and I was feeling strong. I began Week 4 but my confidence quickly waned as my ankles and muscles to the outside of the shins became very tender.

I failed week 4. Really??? I can’t even jog for 5 minutes??? It’s weird because I’m extremely capable in so many areas of my life….

Then I re-read the #C25K plan and it said not to rush things and to repeat a week if necessary. Wooot – I have not failed… yet. (BTW – I’m going to give it a good try, but if after following the plan for a few more weeks, I’m still tender….)

So here’s to my Couch to 5K Week 3 friends – several 3 minutes songs for this week and 5 minute songs for next week. (Warning: My music tastes include mostly older stuff LOL.)

Couch to 5K – 3 Minute (more or less) Songs

Couch to 5k – 5 Minute (more or less) Songs

How is your #C25K plan going? AM I THE ONLY ONE STRUGGLING?

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Comments

  1. Hmmmm…can’t help you with the music part. I have a Garmin that times my intervals for me. Music definitely helps me with running tho. Keeps my mind off things, otherwise, I’d be constantly looking at my watch wondering if it’s time for a walk break.

    Don’t quit and don’t use the word fail, girl! Repeat a week 20 times if you need to. if you’re getting out there and moving, you’re succeeding.

    Maybe running isn’t your soul mate exercise. No shame in that. We all have one, and it’s different for us all!

    • krismoconnor says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words Steph – I really appreciate it! Love that your garmin is oh-so-very-smart – hmmmmmm – I must look into it! I love the “not fail” part – I think I’ll just refer to it as “modifying” — my trainer uses that word. So what the heck, eh?

      Thanks again! K

  2. run4joy59 says:

    I’m with you on the not being fast part…but I finally realized that I’m not running to compete with anyone else, just to have that sense of accomplishment…to feel good about myself…and really, whether you can run 5 minutes, 15 minutes or 2 hours…that’s more than most people will ever attempt…you’re a winner!!

    • krismoconnor says:

      Thank you so much! I will probably never be a “runner”, but I’m learning that I really LOVE being out… listening to music, grooving & smiling, getting funny looks and smiles back and moving a bit. It’s been fun to get out there to gain a new habit! Thanks for stopping by!

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