Monthly Archives: April 2012

Couch to 5k – Week 4

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I’ll give you a quick summary of how Week Four works.  You warm up by walking “briskly” for five minutes.  Then, you do a 4 minute jog followed by a 1 minute walk  – do that 5 times then cool down with another 5 minute walk.

Runner’s high has left the building, and still hasn’t returned.

Day 1:  Not a good time.  That extra minute of running is no joke.  It was hot, I was sweaty, and people were staring at me because I was panting like a dog.  It wasn’t pretty folks.

Day 2:  Not so bad!  Although, it was hotter than the equator and I was miserable for the entire time.  Also, around interval 3 I really started to break down.  I could feel myself forcing every.single.step.  It was all I could do to put one foot in front of the other.  However, I once read something in Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, along the lines of “can I take this step?  Yes.  Can I take this step?  Yes!”  So I continued that mantra in order to keep going.  Now I know what it was like back in ‘Nam.

Day 3:  So, day 3 was pushed back about 5 days.  Oops.  Thanks Mother Nature and your inability to not rain or be freezing cold.  At the same time.  I was for sure I was going to have to start the week over – but alas!  I pushed myself and holy shit it sucked, but I finished.  Hurray.   

I took a peek at Week 5 – that does not look like a good time.

This week’s playlist:

Fuck You – Cee Lo Green

Take it Off – Ke$ha

Bulletproof ­– La Roux

Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO

La La – Ashlee Simpson

What Means the World to You – Cam’ron

Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood

King Kong – Curren$y

Forever – Dropkick Murphys

Amen – Edens Edge

I just realized two artists from my playlist have $ in their name.  I’m pretty sure that makes me awesome.                 

Couch to 5k – Week 3

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I’ll give you a quick summary of how Week Three works.  You warm up by walking “briskly” for five minutes.  Then, you do a 3 minute jog followed by a 2 minute walk  – do that 5 times then cool down with another 5 minute walk.

Runner’s high has left the building.

Day 1:  OMG MY LEGS.  Seriously.  I thought my legs below the knees were LITERALLY going to fall off.  My calves instantly hurt once I started running.  I cursed the hills in my neighborhood; I grunted at people as I passed them, I was d.r.a.g.g.i.n.g.

Day 2:  Well, this week can bite my ass.  I brought the dogs today because they were chomping at the bit about coming with me.  So instead of taking my normal route, I hoofed it up one hill and then ran on the soccer fields.  Which was a nice chance of pace.  Literally.  I slowed waaaaaaaaay down today.  Between my dogs and their 3-legged friend Oliver the Great Dane, and my cankles – we didn’t do a great job.  But!  We finished. And that’s more than I can say for you people sitting on your couch reading this!

Day 3:  Not too shabby!  I was surprised that today didn’t kill me… I was for sure I’d have to call the husband to come pick me up from the soccer fields.  I went early in the morning since the temperature was supposed to get in the high 70s, so that was a wise decision on my part.  They whole time though, I was thinking of how awful Week 4 will be. UGH! 

This week’s playlist:

Bullets In The Gun – Toby Keith

All Your Life – The Band Perry

Dog Days Are Over – Florence & The Machine

Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) – Enrique Iglesias feat. Ludacris & DJ Frank E

Need – Hana Pestle

Teenage Dream -Katy Perry

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera

Relator – Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson

The Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack