It is the beginning of week 4 of my Couch to 5k plan. (I didn’t feel well a few days last week so I pushed back the start of week 4 until I got all three week 3 runs in.)

Here’s the plan for the week:

1. After a five minute warm up walk, run 3 minutes.
2. Walk 90 seconds.
3. Run 5 minutes (Dear god in heaven!)
5. Walk 2.5 minutes.
6. Repeat once

I’m finding it helpful to use my iPod as a timer. I have it on shuffle and start the next song whenever I change speed. Then I can look at the iPod and see how long I’ve been going. If I know I have a three minute song on then I know just to run to the end of the song. It works better for me than using my watch.

Just like everytime I move up a level, I was a baby about this. There was no way I was going to be able to run for 5 minutes. I also knew that I had been starting on a certain trail that I liked. It was great when the workout started out with a 90 second jog because I’d end right at the base of a hill. I decided to go that way today anyway even though I’d have to run up that hill. My butt was burning and I might have left my calves halfway up it but I did it. I had to run in place at the top for a very huge gasping breaths so I didn’t just die right there but I did it. Then I went off a new way and was jogging very slowly so I could last through my first ever 5 minute jog and found myself at the base of a hill that was twice as high as the previous one. I turned around. Maybe I’ll try that later this week.

I’m telling myself that I’m doing extra good because I’m not doing this on a nice flat track but on rolling hills. I could go on flatter sections but I like the privacy where I’m running. So far no human as seen me run. I think that is good. The view from my vantage point isn’t pretty and I can’t even see it all. Today I was running my second 5 minute section on a carefully selected downhill area when I saw a person headed my way. I turned around and sped up. Great, then I was going faster and uphill to keep people from watching me jog. At least my neuroses made me get a better workout.

I peeked ahead. At the end of next week I’m supposed to run 20 minutes without walk breaks. Crazy, crazy stuff. But I remember when I was convinced that I’d never be able to run 90 seconds.

3 Replies to “I did it!”

  1. Have you heard the PRI Radiowest podcast episode called “Born to Run” (7/28/09)?

    “Journalist Christopher McDougall says we think about running all wrong in the West. We believe it will hurt, it’s a sort of punishment for eating and that we need special equipment to do it. When McDougall sustained his own injury, he had a lot of questions about running. That’s when he met the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico. They run hundreds of miles – in sandals – and have a blast doing it. Christopher McDougall joins Doug to explain why humans are ‘Born to Run.'”

    Very interesting.

    Also, I just want you to know how impressed and envious I am! I started the Couch program a while back and never got past stage one. Hoorah for you!!!! You inspire me to try again (maybe? I’m soooo chicken!)

  2. you’re doing wonderful…. and are very inspiring. Not enough to get me off my couch, but I can at least say I’ve thought about it now! 🙂

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