So I’ve been lazying out on the blogging, mostly because school started and because, frankly, the C25K thing hasn’t started to get difficult yet.
Week 1 Day 2 was a bit difficult because of hitting the bar the night before, as was Week 2 Day 1, but in both cases they were difficult because of cramps and general feeling of lethargy, not because of feelings of cardiovascular difficulty or muscle fatigue.
So, I finished Week 2 which comprises of 90 seconds of run and 60 seconds of walking, repeated for 20 minutes. When I began on Week 1 Day 1 it was more difficult than I expected, but it still has not reached a point where it has felt really hard. I’ve been keeping at a pace about 10 min/mile during the running portions too.
Better than that, though, I’m beginning to feel like I’ve been ‘finding my stride’ with the running. I got shin splints a couple of times the first week, but that is diminishing and my body is starting to feel my comfortable and natural when running. Maybe my goal of not hating running by the end of this program will be successful.
Of course, I remain concerned about getting too complacent regarding the difficulty of the runs. I briefly flirted with the idea of accelerating the program but figured I would hate myself once I got to weeks 4 and 5 if I did that.
Instead, I am trying to figure out how to work in my other cardio workouts and strength training with the new running program. I definitely cannot rely on C25K to fulfill my workout needs because, in comparison to my regular workout schedule, the C25K program is not nearly as intense or, simply, enough. I am doing C25K to ‘get into’ running, but if I were to just do it I would be drastically cutting back on my workout routine and would probably gain weight/lose cardiovascular fitness *oops*.
So, keeping that in mind, I am still going to my spinning 2 days a week and I have been doing strength training on the running days, because the workouts are shorter and because someone once told me that strength training on running days helps prevent hunger.
The workout routine is/has been:
Sunday: Nothing (literally no time on those days)
Tuesday: Running, Strength Training
Thursday: Running, Strength Training
Friday: Yoga/Pilates or Rest
Saturday: Running, Strength Training
If this becomes excessively crazy I will see how I deal, either by spreading outthe C25K stuff, cutting back on the strength training or figuring something else out.
Will let you know how the progress goes! It is difficult to find that time for stretching mostly, but I definitely don’t want to get tight and bulky with my muscles so stretching is a must.