A few minutes after I published my last post about running a 5K, reader Elaine left a comment, suggesting the Couch-to-5K program. I checked out the Couch-to-5K site, and I think I’m going to add it to my schedule. I’ll probably train for the 5K on the days of the week when I don’t go to the gym.
Searching for the Couch-to-5K website, I stumbled across an amazing podcast, put together by Robert Ullrey. Basically, it’s and audio version, free to download, of the Couch-to-5K program, with music! I don’t have to look at my watch or track my intervals. I just downloaded the podcast, put it on my iPod, plugged in my headphones, and went to the track. Robert tells you when to run and when to walk. The podcast is awesome.
I downloaded the first episode for Week 1, and I hit the track. I’m happy to note that I was able to do the Week 1 session without any problems. I managed to do all 8 running intervals, and I even added an extra mile of walking, after the training session was over.
(Before I forget. Some of you might be wondering, just how far is a 5K, in miles? Well, it’s just over 3.1 miles.)
I might have to do a bit of maneuvering, to see how this new 5K training is going to fit in my workout schedule. For now, like I mentioned earlier, I’ll try to train on days that I’m not scheduled for the gym.
It feels so good to be able to go out and run – and feel like I did 15 years ago!
Photo by Patrick Dentler