Monday, April 19, 2010

Couch to 5k - Week Two

Well it is Monday and its time to check in on the Couch to 5k challenge.  As you recall last week I spent the week down with bronchitis and feeling guilty about my inaction.  The reality of it was that my lungs were down for the count, not to mention the rest of me.  Because of my tendency toward asthma they have been slow in healing but I am feeling better everyday.  I did make some progress towards my goals this week however.  As you recall my goals last week were:

1. Buy those running shoes
2.  Walk at least 3 times during the week - push lungs by jogging when able and work towards the C25K week one work outs.
3. Download C25K podcasts.
4. Give myself a little more grace in the process.

I'm pleased to say that I made progress on all of them.  I did buy my running shoes and I'm very pleased with them.  I went out walking once and even did a few short trial jogs to get prepped for a real week 1 this week.  I need to download some podcasts yet and hopefully if baby goat naps well this afternoon I'll be able to do that then (did I mention I'm home with a sick baby again?)  Most importantly I allowed myself some grace.  I did the work that was needed, I enjoyed my parents visit and Mr. Goat and my first overnight date night since baby goat's birth.  For that grace I feel more like jumping in full force this week.  I was gentle in my recovery and now I have the energy to go get it.

The plan for this week is a full C25K week one workout week.  The first walk/run...TONIGHT!  I'm so thrilled.  Mr. Goat will come home and watch the baby and the plan is to run out before dinner tonight.  I'm anticipating it to be HARD.  Sometimes even impossibly hard, and yet....I'm excited?  I feel that this is my first real opportunity to jump in swimming since this thing began and I really want to prove to myself that I can do it.

I'll probably add a bit of update on this later after I run tonight and let you know how it went.  I certainly will update on twitter.  I never thought I'd be excited to go out running bu the day has come and I'm looking forward to it (with a small iota of fear and dread still).

So without further ado my goal for this week:  Week 1 of the Couch to 5k challenge.  I'm jumping in and will get it done.  My schedule makes it look like I'll be running Monday, Thursday and Saturday this week.  Assuming I can still move afterwards I'm going to try to get our walking a few times too to help those lungs continue to heal. 

I've got my inhaler and my shoes.  I'll have some music and some motivation and a bra.  Now it is just a matter of taking the time and really taking those first steps.

EDITED TO ADD:  I did indeed go out and do the Week 1 Day 1 workout today.  I am so pleased with myself.  I even was able to jog the entire time when it called me to jog.  Go me!

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kristine said...

WAY TO GO!! Liz, you can do this!! Sorry it's been a rough week, but glad to see you didn't beat yourself up about it. Happy walk/run/whatever it may be tonight!

darcie said...

It IS going to be hard...but do what you can.
When the guy on my podcast tells me I should be able to still be talking while running - I curse him - because a couple of swear words are all I can mutter out - I'm not there yet - but it's ok to walk even if he says jog.
Do what you can...GO LIZ GO!

Melinda said...

Good luck tonight! Week one is a little hard, but just remember it's a walk/jog, not a walk run. You don't need to (or should you) run sprints...just jog a little. You'll do fine!

Anti-Supermom said...

Liz, awesome. You did it! You met and exceeded some of your goals for last week, keep up all the progress.

Valerie said...

Liz, you are such a great motivator! And this might be a little selfish, but I'm kind of happy you weren't able to really start until tonight. It means we're on the exact same schedule!!! See? Selfish, right?

Seriously, reading your posts and wanting to keep up is what got me out of bed early this morning and on the treadmill. Thanks!

And I definitely think we should go jogging together in August when Hans and I are up there. We'll need to if we plan on eating dome dogs and cheese curds (and Culver's yummm). By the way, are they still called Dome dogs?

Good luck, and I look forward to reading your progress reports.

Valerie said...

Oh, I almost forgot! Does this mean we're going to have to get you one of those running strollers so you can run with Baby Goat?

Kristin said...

I'm so proud of you, Liz, and you look great in that picture. Your whole face is just lit up with accomplishment!

You can do it!

kristine said...

I'm totally commenting again just to say I'm proud of you!! You're awesome!

Kate said...

This is fantastic.... and it made me tear up. I know you'll conquer this mountain in front of you. The sweaty shot is beautiful too. Onward!!

fritzfacts said...

Woohoo!! That is fantastic Liz!! I am so proud of you for doing the first one, that is always the hardest for me!

Samantha said...

I'm in! I added myself too. :-) I used Jen's challenge as an opportunity to start the program AND a new blog. Thanks for the motivation Liz! We can totally do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!