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C25K (couch to 5k) has begun week four. The guy on the podcast reassured me that I'd be ready for this workout, because I've been easing my way up, but I'm not convinced that he was right. I had a variety of difficulties, both technical and physical.

Start with 5 minute walk, 3.5 mph. Not bad.

Begin the first run - it's supposed to be 3 minutes. 6mph. Notice that the ipod is sliding. Push it back into place, and accidentally skip it to somewhere. "Okay," the guy says, "Go!" I hope it's back at the beginning of my 3 minutes. Run for awhile. Then he comes on, "You are halfway through your first 5 minute run." Oh dear, that's not at all right. Consider continuing the full 5 minutes. Feel slightly pouty that I have to run 5, when I didn't get to do my 3. Decide to guess when 3 minutes would have ended (just 30 seconds after the halfway message after all), and slow to walk.

Catch breath. Wheeze. Oy, 3 minutes is still hard. How will I do 5?! Pause treadmill and podcast, hurry to get water. I'm only allowed 90 seconds of walking. I accidentally unplug the treadmill as I return, resetting my time/distance, but fortunately I've been using the podcast to keep track of where I am.

Now it's time to run for five minutes. I decide to take it easy(ish), and I set my treadmill to 5.7mph. I run. I was wrong: it isn't easy. I can't figure out what to do with my hands. I am watching Scrubs with closed-captioning, listening to my podcast, trying to stay distracted. I make it through five minutes.

It's over! I stagged back to 3mph, holding my handrails and gasping for a bit. I recover, and move it back up to 3.5, my "brisk walking pace" that the podcast guy recommends. Two and a half minutes of staggering walking.

Next it's time for another 3 minute run. This one doesn't feel quite as hard, and I can always reassure myself with "at least it's not 5". Then walk 90 seconds.

Time for the last 5 minute run. I find my brain trying to talk itself out of the run. I am tired and already out of breath. I set it for 5.7 mph anyway. I hate my treadmill.

I still don't know what to do with my hands. I wiggle them, and the drama happens. My hand catches the cord to my headphones, knocking the little ipod off of the console and onto the moving tread. It flies away from me as I hop over it while simultaneously trying to catch it. It zips off the tread onto the floor with a clatter.

I am torn between worry for my ipod and a guilty thrill that I get to stop in the middle of my 5 minute run. I turn off the treadmill and go rescue the ipod. It seems okay; it's even paused itself for me. I pause for a brief drink of water, then it's back to running. This time I put the speed down to 5.5, which is much more tolerable.

I don't really do 5 minutes of straight running the second time, what with all of the ipod rescuing, pausing, drinking, and speed changes. I decide to consider it close enough for the first day of week 4. I manage to finish my cooldown walk without further incident.


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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: February 20th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
My goal for tomorrow morning's 5K is 32 minutes.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 20th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clench fists gently

Swing arms back and forth parallel to path of motion and body

Repeat until there

Watch "Chariots of Fire" for inspiration and technique.
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: February 20th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your hands should kind of brush against your hips on teh downswing.

Who says you have to run that fast? Screw them. Run at a pace you can manage without wanting to die. Speed can come later. At this point, running is a goodness. It took me almost a year to get over 5 mph on my runs.
blue_lucy From: blue_lucy Date: February 20th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm doing the same program she is and nowhere does it say you need to torture your body at that speed.

Rennie - you're learning how to run a 5k. You're not learning how to run it in 30 minutes right away. Cut it back! I'm on week 6, about to do a 25 minute run straight and I already know I'm going to run at 5mph the whole time, maybe bump it up to 5.5 for the last ten minutes. You're right - this program IS too hard if you try everything at 6 mph. Like the above poster said - distance first, then speed.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 20th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
True true, I don't want to push too hard too quickly. I just like the idea of being able to maintain that speed, and I figured the gradual increases in time would get me there.... but yeah, I want challenge not actual torture. (:

25 minutes, GO YOU! Good luck with it!
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: February 21st, 2008 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't want to insult you, because i know historically you're more of an athlete than I am. But at the same time, if you slow down so you're not pushing so hard, you're probably less likely to get injured, and I know you are very opposed to injury.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 20th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
That obnoxious person telling me to run that fast is me. *laugh* I guess it's that I discovered I could do 6mph earlier in the program, then I thought if I kept doing the same speed it would gradually condition me to do that for longer and longer times.

It's working, in that 3 minutes was nowhere near as hard as last week. Actually you'll note I ran both 5-minute segments at less than 6mph.
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: February 20th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Headphones while running? Ick. Not with the way I sweat.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: February 20th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a necessity when working out at work. The alternative is listening to ESPN, which is constantly on in the workout room.
On the bike, it's just a good way to eat a book every couple of weeks while commuting.
I use closed earbuds, and the inside of my ear doesn't sweat so it's not a real problem anyway.
infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: February 20th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
can you imagine doing this at a gym?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 20th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dropping the ipod so it flies off the treadmill behind me? Yikes, that would be too funny!
johnridley From: johnridley Date: February 20th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
The new treadmills at work are very nice, but they have a big red "emergency stop" button right where my right hand tends to swing when the incline goes up over about 3%, which it does pretty often when I'm in random mode, which I like to use.

When you hit it, it's all stop, emergency abort, end of workout, no restarting allowed. I had programmed in a 45 minute, 6.5 MPH run last week and I wound up axing it three times. I finally just decided to keep restarting it, ignoring the stats and running until the clock on the wall said 45 minutes.

It's quite exasperating to be running along and suddenly the treadmill slows to a stop and the incline drops to the ground. I'm standing there thinking "WTF?"

So I guess I got the workout but I didn't have stats to post here. Kind of irritating, I like to keep track of that stuff to some degree. I've completely given up on stat gathering for bike riding; the people (and they do exist) who keep track of every mile they ride and everything they eat during those rides, their heart rate info and all the other stuff, every day for years on end are incomprehensible to me. All I really do now on the bike is check every couple of weeks to see if I've rolled the odometer over another thousand mile mark.
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johnridley From: johnridley Date: February 20th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Quoting myself:
"The new treadmills at work"
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 20th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Depends where you work, how hackable they are.... ;)
johnridley From: johnridley Date: February 20th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
My immediate thought was that I'd just tape a little cup-shaped something over the button. That probably violates international nanny-state law or something though.
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