Sunday, March 23, 2014

Couch 2 5k--Again

I had a truly exhausting weekend. When I arranged my class schedule for the semester, I went crazy and enrolled in a bunch of short courses. Short courses are intensive one credit courses that last for approximately five days. On the plus side, I was able to take fewer semester-long classes. On the downside, the short courses typically met from Thursday to Sunday with six hours of class on Saturday. Since this was a short course week, I didn't have much free time over the weekend. 

I did make a point of walking as much as possible, though. I only got in 2.98 miles yesterday, which was only 7,252 steps. I kept stopping to take pictures of the first brave flowers of spring as you can see. I'm sure I'll be whining about my allergies soon, but for now the blossoms are more beautiful than burdensome.

I more than made up for yesterday's low step total today because, as I'm sure you guessed from the title, I have officially made my return to running. It has been about three months since I last ran, so I'm basically starting from scratch. I used Couch 2 5k when I first started running so I decided to go through the program again to regain the fitness I lost. I started with week 1 day 1. The week 1 day 1 workout is a 5 minute warmup followed by 20 minutes of intervals with 1 minute running and 90 seconds walking, then a 5 minute cool down. 

It was really hard. I did the running intervals at 5.3 miles per hour (11 minutes and 19 seconds per mile) and the walking intervals at 3.2 miles per hour. I was disappointed to have that chest burning out of breath feeling I used to get when I first started running. By the end of the 30 minute workout, I had only gone 2.09 miles, but I was pouring sweat. It was exhausting, but exhilarating. My ankle didn't hurt exactly, but it still feels a little weak. I'm hoping that that it will continue to get stronger over time, though.

When I got home from class, I still hadn't reached my 10,000 step goal, so I went for another walk at the greenway. It helped that I wanted to listen to some more of my audiobook. I'm currently listening to the last book in the Morganville Vampires series. I'm in the same weird place I go every time I finish a series I've been reading for a long time. I want to finish the book, but I don't want to finish the series because I know how intensely I will feel the loss of the characters. If I read enough books in a series, I start feeling like I know the characters personally. Finishing a series always feels like saying goodbye to a group of friends.

I had a great time roaming the park and people watching. The park was really full today with runners, walkers, and bikers. There were also lots of friendly dogs and children. Normally kids hate me, but today a toddler on a tricycle said hi to me. A few dogs also wanted to make friends. It was fun and I finished the day with a respectable 18,039 steps, which translates to 7.66 miles. The best part is that my ankle felt pretty good. Hopefully I'll have many more 18,000 step days to come.

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