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Couch to 5k – Week 6

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Week 6 has you doing a 5 minute warm up, 12 minute jog, 3 minute walk, 12 minute jog and 5 minute cool down.  Easy peasy.

Seriously, it was pretty easy, which means I could have probably pushed myself a little harder, but the point of this program is to COMPLETE a 5k.  Not get close to the end and give up.  So, I didn’t push myself.  I wanted to be able to complete this week, and I did.  And I’m pretty proud of myself.

Day 1:  Well, it rained pretty much for 3 days straight before I ran, which means the soccer fields I usually run on were water logged.  As were my shoes afterwards.  And still to this day L   They’ve been sitting outside with newspaper in them for over a week now and have still not dried completely.  Because my shoes were so wet, while I was running, I developed two blisters.  I feared this would put me out a couple days, but they actually weren’t as bad as they felt during the last running interval.

Day 2:  Winning.  I felt great after my run.  My runners high even came back!  It was a pretty nice day, a little warmer than I’d like to run in, but there was a breeze and a storm was brewing, so the temperature dropped a little bit towards the end.

Day 3:  This run I did while in NY on Seneca Lake.  I got up around 8am and got ‘er done.  There was a breeze coming off the water and it was perfect.  I even interacted with other runners!  A strange occurrence!  It was quite a lovely run and I was glad I forced myself out of bed in order to do it.  Because once I got back to MD, it was about 91 degrees and there is no way in hell I’d run when it’s that hot.

Bonus shot of the lake!

This week’s playlist:

Just Like a Prayer – Madonna

Set Fire to the Rain – Adele

Skin – Breaking Benjamins

Face Down – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

3 – Britney Spears

Chemicals Between Us – Bush

Cosmic Love – Florence and The Machine

You Can Do It – Ice Cube

All of the Lights – Kanye West ft. Drake and Rihanna

California Gurls – Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg

Couch to 5k – Week 5 v2

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Ok, so, this is my second attempt at Week 5. You can find the first attempt here.

Day 1: I really didn’t think I was going to do well today. I felt dehydrated, and frumpy, and gassy… but, I sucked up and ran. And guess what? I did it! It actually didn’t suck all that much (compared to last week’s attempt). I think the slight rain shower that showed up halfway through helped. When I got home and settled down, I realized I wasn’t all gassy and indigestion-y. Win win!

Day 2: Not so bad. Isn’t it funny when you get a in a mood to do something, and you just do it? And then it’s done? And it feels so good? Sometimes it doesn’t always happen like that. Usually I sit around for an hour and get up the energy to go running, and then I realize that if I had gone when I first said I was going to go I could have been back already. That was this day. It wasn’t too hot, but still hot enough to make me miserable. I successfully completed the run though, even though I almost got hit with a baseball. Almost.

Day 3: Done and done! I took my own advice and just ran instead of sitting around thinking about running. It was hot, it was humid, it was really buggy, and the trashcan I kept running by smelled like ass, but now week 5 v2 is OVER. Thank the sweet baby Jesus!

This week’s playlist… same as last week’s playlist because I freaking love these songs.

Countdown – Beyonce

Somethin’ ‘bout a Truck – Kip Moore

Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra

Beers Ago – Toby Keith

We Found Love – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

Money, Cash, Hoes – Jay-Z

Take a Back Road – Rodney Atkins

Still a G-Thang – Snoop Dogg

Hey, Soul Sister – Train

Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band

 

Couch to 5k – Week 5

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I’ll give you a quick summary of how Week Five works.  You warm up by walking “briskly” for five minutes.  Then, you do a 8 minute jog followed by a 2 minute walk  – do that 3 times then cool down with another 5 minute walk.

It is unacceptable to think a person can go from running for 4 minutes to 8.  Completely unacceptable.

Day 1:  Not a good time.  It definitely sucked, but somehow I managed to pretty much power through.  I thought for sure I was going to bail out after 6 minutes, but surprisingly, I lasted 8 minutes.  Tell you what though; those 2 minutes of walking were NOT long enough.  I had to stop around 7 minutes on the second run, but then finished the third run.  I was pretty surprised!

Day 2:  Poor.  PISS POOR.  First run, 6 minutes, second run, 5 minutes, third run, 3.5 minutes.  NO JOKE.  I felt like I was Katniss in some Hunger Games shit, except I didn’t give a damn about saving Peeta.  It’s safe to say I’ll be doing week five again next week.  Womp.  Womp.

Day 3: So, I don’t know what’s going on, but my ankles, needs, toes, and shins are all going to be the end of me.  It’s impossible to keep up any sort of pace when I have to randomly switch my stride every three minutes.  Anyways.  So here I sit, after actually completing this running day, with swollen ankles.  Yippee.  But – at least I finished!  It was a nice temperature out, maybe if it was 5 degrees cooler it would have been perfect.  The sun wasn’t out – it felt like it was going to rain, it was wonderful running weather, in my opinion.

Stay tuned for next week.  Week 5 v2.  Boooooooo.

This week’s playlist:

Countdown – Beyonce

Somethin’ ‘bout a Truck – Kip Moore

Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra

Beers Ago – Toby Keith

We Found Love – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

Money, Cash, Hoes – Jay-Z

Take a Back Road – Rodney Atkins

Still a G-Thang – Snoop Dogg

Hey, Soul Sister – Train

Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band

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

Couch to 5k – Week 2

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Three words:  It. Was. Rougher than Week 1.*

I’ll give you a quick summary of how Week Two works.  You warm up by walking “briskly” for five minutes.  Then, you do a 2.5 minute job followed by a 2.5 minute walk  – do that 5 times then cool down with another 5 minute walk.

Day 1:  Not so bad.  I made the mistake of doing my route backwards, which meant that I started going up hill.  BAD MOVE.  Within the first minute I had a cramp in side and almost keeled over.  But, by the end of the second running interval I was recovering quickly and everything felt great.  On the last running interval, my left calf cramped up but after the cool down it was loose again and all was right with the world.  The husband followed me with the dogs, which was a nice break for me because they like to trip me up – so it was sort of freeing to not be dealing with them on this run.  Plus – the bonus was having a walking partner 🙂

Day 2:  Like I said on Week 1 Day 1, the fifth or sixth day is the hardest – I was completely right.  Within the first 45 seconds of running, my legs started cramping, my side started cramping, I developed shin splints and of my ankles almost gave out.  So – to say today sucked in an understatement.  It was easily the worst day of running yet.  After my issues with the first running interval, I adjusted my route in order to have a longer cool down home.  I knew I was going to need to loosen some muscles, and so far, as I sit here typing this, I feel a lot better.  I also may or may not have adjusted my route one block in order to get sprayed with a sprinkler from someone’s yard.  What?  It was like 75 degrees out there and I had just ran up a hill.  I deserved an award.

Day 3:  Sucked less than Day 2, which is good.  Although my left calf was so cramped I could barely lift my foot.  I kind of had to fling it in front of me in order to keep going.  The husband and the dogs came with me again.  It’s nice when they come because it pushes me to keep going.  I don’t think I’ll be able to take the dogs by myself anymore, they’re too busy sniffing and peeing on stuff and I’m really trying to stick to the program.  I feel bad, because they looooooove to come with me, but they’re a little bit of a hassle.  I will probably try to pick my route to end at the house before cool down and then take them on a walk.

This week’s playlist:

Warehouse – Dave Matthews Band 

All I Do is Win – DJ Khaled featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross           

Spicy McHaggis Jig – Dropkick Murphys

Not Afraid – Eminem

We Murderers Baby – Ja Rule featuring Vita

Niggas In Paris – Jay-Z & Kanye West

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) – Katy Perry

Heartbreaker – Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z

 

*I still get a runner’s high at the end of the run, but want to die after the first ten minutes.

Couch to 5k – Week 1

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Three words:  It. Was. Rough.*

I’ll give you a quick summary of how week one works.  You warm up by walking “briskly” for five minutes.  Then you jog for two minutes, walk for three minutes, jog for two minutes, walk for three minutes, jog for two minutes, walk for three minutes, jog for two minutes and then cool down to a brisk walk for another five minutes.  It doesn’t sound that hard, I guess… but when you’re reallllly out of shape, it sucks.

So, anyways.

Day 1:  SUCKED.  My shins were throbbing after the first jogging session.  I was completely winded after the second jogging session, and by the third, I was ready to just give up all over again.  But, I powered through.  I finished, and then instead of only cooling down for five minutes, I walked for about ten.  This is mostly due to the fact that I didn’t time my route well enough and I went further from home than I anticipated.

Day 2:  I caved and paid $2.99 for the 5k101 app from iTunes (you can learn more about it here.  It’s much better than the free podcast version, mostly because you can play your own music (and still have the voice-over telling when you run/walk.)  It’s totally worth it in my opinion.  Sucked a little less than Day 1.  However, it’s all just a ploy.  I always feel great after the second day of running.   It’s the fifth or sixth day of running where my brain starts to deteriorate and I feel like giving up completely.  I also took a different route this time and ended perfectly right at my house.  AWESOME.

Day 3:  Super pleasant.  In fact, it was on Saturday and it was a gorgeous day for a run/walk.  I wasn’t winded; I recovered easily and thought to myself “self, this time will be different.”

As an added bonus, here’s a picture of my running buddies, Day 1, post run.

This week’s playlist:

Rolling in the Deep – Adele

Polyamorous – Breaking Benjamins

Otis – Jay-Z & Kayne West

Monster – Kanye West Feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver

Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus (shutup – likeyoudon’tknowthewords)

Galway Girl – Mundy

Hit That – The Offspring

Allouette – The Delta Rythm Boys & His Band (yes, like on the Target commercial)

 

*Even though I suck as a runner, I get a runner’s high.  So when I’m done running, I feel pretty amazing and can’t wait to do it again, and then I do it again and wonder WTF I was smoking.