For as long as I can remember I have always loathed running. I was the kid who would be out sick the day we needed to run the mile and if I had to go to school I would hide under the bleachers. It just was not my idea of a good time. I have always been envious of "runners legs." Who wouldn't be? They are lean, toned and strong, and it seems like no matter how many squats/lunges I do(and I do A LOT) my legs will never look the way I want. I can vividly remember one day in 9th grade gym class when I wore shorts because it was warm out and all the boys started calling me Thunder Thighs. Nice right? That name has haunted my brain ever since that day, every time I wear a dress or skirt I think " Are my thighs covered enough?"
I mentioned last week that I was able to run a mile without stopping in 11 minutes which is a HUGE accomplishment for me, so I did what every normal human being would do and registered for my first 5k! If I can run 1 mile, why can't I run 3? With that said I will be running the Halloween Seatuck Owl Prowl 5k on October 30,2011.
What is Couch to 5k? It is a 9 week program that was designed to take people from "couch potato to runners" and will have you running a 5k(3.2 miles) in a little over 2 months. PERFECT for me Since my 5k is exactly 68 days away!
How does it work? Couch to 5k has you alternate between jogging and walking intervals, and gradually becomes more challenging in order to build endurance. Each session is 30 minutes long, with a 5 minute warm up and cool down.
The app I purchased is $2.99 and works on my iPhone, iPod AND iPad. So wherever I am running (which I assume will be the treadmill most of the time) I will have access to it. There is a female, male OR no voice prompts that will tell you when to run and when to walk. It also allows music integration so you can have your favorite running tunes play while you train and with built in music controls you don't have to fiddle with your phone/ipod while running!
Worried about the music affecting the prompts? Fear not, They thought of everything when creating this app. The voice prompts interject during your song to to tell you when to run and when to walk, then crank the tunes right back up for you.
Have a Nike +? You can pair it with the app to track your distance and then post directly to Facebook!
I've taken a few photos to show you what the app will look like on weeks 1,3,6 and 9.
( I think I will be starting on this week)
Don't have an iPhone/iPad? No problem! Here---->Couch to 5k you can print out the program--FREE!
**If you're already a runner and are looking to increase your distance they also offer Couch to 10k and 25k. With all of that said I have left you no excuses not to try :)
The countdown starts now! 68 days left...