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Couch-to-5K: Week 1, Workout 1

By Adventuresinamyland

I’ve decided to do the Couch-to-5K training to get in shape for AmeriCorps this fall.  I must admit that I’ve done a 5K before (Sept. 2011) and even trained to do a half marathon in Prague this past April (which never happened due to a series of unfortunate events). So while I might not exactly fit the ‘couch’ in Couch-to-5k I’ve decided to follow a training program this time around for a number of reasons:
- I like the idea of a training program that makes sure you don’t go to fast. I’m hoping to avoid my buddies the shin splints who I’ve ran into a number of times before.
- Following a program gives my mind something to focus on (week 1, workout 1: DONE!). During the actual workout I’m focused on the clock (run 60 seconds, walk 90 seconds) instead of how.much.running.totally.sucks.
-Structure, structure, structure. In theory I hate structure, but in practice I thrive on it.

My previous 5K was on September 11, 2011 and I came in at 31:08. This time I’m hoping to get under 30 which is manageable considering last time I just kind of winged it with my training and did whatever I thought I needed to. Ahhhh. There’s something about putting a goal out into the interwebs that makes it official.

I’m planning to do my training on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays (perhaps adding in a day of cross training, too) and I should be done by the end of August. I’m looking into some races I can enter for the beginning of September. Anyway, onto today’s workout.

Couch-to-5K: Week 1, Workout 1

This went really well. Obviously I wasn’t totally wiped out afterwards or huffing and puffing but I definitely got a sweat going, mostly due to how humid it is here in London at the moment. Looking forward to the next workout on Friday!

Amy x

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