Ye Olde Archive Archived Posts: 2004-2009


C25K: Week two, day one

Distance: 2.4 miles
Calories burned: 250

I'm estimating above because I fell behind a bit and couldn't keep two sets of numbers in my head. But that's more or less right, and I know that because it's more or less the same as I clocked at the end of week one. I was a little bummed about that, because this week has us running a bit more, a bit longer. We're also resting a bit longer, so maybe it evens out. I have a theory, though, that most of the distance and calories are covered by the "briskness" of your walking pace, rather than by your jogging pace. My walking pace was slightly less brisk, this week, so that may be impacting my numbers somewhat.

And you know, in the end I don't really care - I'm only really tracking the numbers because I like metrics and it's interesting, not because I feel slavishly invested in their improvement or what they say about my performance.

Still sticking it out with Suz's hip-hop mixes. I notice that in later weeks she deviates from the hip-hop. I'm not sure how well that's going to work out for me (I like those big, bassy beats), but I'll try and keep an open mind for now. My electroswing mix is still in-production (meaning I haven't gotten started on it yet), so I'll have to make-do one way or another.

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C25K: Week one, day three

Distance: 2.22 miles
Calories burned: 233

I'm totally cheating and posting this with a backdate, mainly to keep an accurate log.

This was another treadmill run, mid-day, and man was it hot. I gotta get my butt in gear in the mornings, if only so I can run in cooler temperatures.

Podcast-wise, I stuck with Suz's week one hip-hop mix; her voice still irks me but it's good running music and keeps my feet moving, and that's what really matters.

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C25K: Week one, day two

Running or ...Distance: 2.03 miles
Calories burned: 210

The difficult part is definitely getting out there and getting started. Getting up in the morning isn't so bad, though sometimes it's right away and sometimes it's ten minutes after my alarm has gone off. Today it was the latter.

The treadmill seems rinky-dinky, and too narrow, and makes me feel a bit unbalanced. When I think about running outside, though, I miss the fact that the treadmill tracks time, distance, and calories burned (or it's approximation of calories burned, at least). Maybe I should get some sort of running device that would do the same thing. A watch, perhaps, or an app.

I mixed it up today as far as podcasts go, and tried the Running Into Shape program with Carli. On the one hand, Carli's voice is less irritating first thing in the morning; on the other hand, while some of her song choices were spot on, others were really horrid. I'd still like to make my own electroswing C25K podcasts, but it seems like all my free time lately has gone into setting-up / fixing various bits of technology around the home, so I haven't had time. Maybe I can get in gear for next week.

In the meantime, both podcasts had this song, which I enjoyed running to: evidently it's a C25K week one running staple. Enjoy!

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C25K: Week one, day one

La Pyramide du LouvreDistance: 1.93 miles
Calories Burned: 203

Notes: I actually ran this once last week, but didn't get my three runs in like I wanted to, so I thought I'd give it another shot this week from the beginning. Getting out of bed is definitely the hard part, since I have to be up and going at 4:30am if I want to get my run in, shower, and get dressed in time for Abby to do the same.

Week one of the C25K program is pretty straightforward. You start with a 5-minute walk, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for about 20 minutes, then end with another 5-minute walk. I'm doing this on the treadmill in our garage, which is a bit strange, but feels like a nice way to start and has the added benefit of tracking mileage and calories burned.

C25K started with these guys at Cool Running. There are a number of good podcasts out there for the program that include music and cues for when to run / walk. This week I'm trying out Suz's Couch to 5k Running Podcasts.

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