Couch to 5K: Week 2 Day 1

“Ouch” is the word of the day for Week 2 Day 1.

Yesterday I started Week 2 of my 5K training program – using the Running Mate Media podcast as my coach. Again, following a 5-minute walking warm up, I started my first jogging period. However, in Week 2 the program increases the jogging/running time from 2 minutes to 2.5 minutes, and decreases the walking time from 3 minutes to 2.5 minutes.  You wouldn’t think that would make that big of a difference, but let me tell you – it does!

By the 2nd jogging interval, my calf muscles were really tightening up and starting to hurt. With the encouragement of the coach telling me I only hade one minute left in this segment I tried to keep jogging, but soon the pain was so strong that I had to stop and stretch for a minute or two in order to continue. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through the next jogging interval; but I persisted and thought, perhaps if I increase my stride a bit  it might help the muscle ache. It seems counter intuitive, but it actually helped. My pain went away, I was running faster and I was able to finished the full 30 minute session.

Increasing the amount of time running also increased my distance from 1 mile (week 1) to 1.5 miles, in basically the same amount of time (in week 1 the program is 27 minutes).

I stretched more when I returned home and drank a lot water the rest of the day –  two pieces of advice I received from a friend who regularly runs half and full marathons.

I felt fantastic the rest of the day – I was in a great mood and I had a ton of energy.  I’m really loving this program!  Thanks 5K101.com !!

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Couch to 5K: Week 1 Complete, 7 more to go!

I am happy to say I just completed week one of my 5K training, thanks to the help of Todd and his 5K101 podcast. (http://runningmatemedia.com/)

I definitely see improvement in my stamina in just one week; and I’m looking forward to starting week 2 of the program this weekend!

Another really great thing about this program is their Facebook fan page. People at all stages of the program (including new runners like me) post their progress updates, and leave encouraging comments to each other. Some people ask for feedback on challenges they might be having, and other comment back with good suggestions. It’s a terrific fan page! You should check it out: http://www.facebook.com/5K101