Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Couch 2 5K

Since the weather is finally starting to get a little cooler, I am finally able to run outside again.  This is the perfect exercise for me because I can bring Cam.  After I have left him alone all day, the last thing I want to do is leave him to go to the gym.

So I decided to download the Couch 2 5K app on my iPhone and I am going to sign up to do the Jingle Bell Run again this year on December 4th.  I did this run 2 years ago so I could mark it off my list.  I did ok, but I still was a little disappointed with my performance.  I finished in 37:21 when I ran this race 2 years ago and this year I would like to finish in under 30 minutes.  But I would be happy with just running the whole thing without having to take a walking break.

I started last night.  My plan is to do the C25K runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and keep up my gym routine on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  As a reward to myself I am going to get one of the new i-Pod nanos if I finish the 9-week C25K program on time the week before Thanksgiving.  Maybe they will have a good Black Friday deal on one!!  In fact I am going to have mini-rewards at the 3 week mark (pedicure) and 6 week mark (suggestions?). 

I'm also tracking my calories with the Lose it app.  And hope to get my Nike + sensor working again so I can track my distance on my runs.

Hopefully all this will help with marking #1 off my list- get in the best shape of my life.

Just curious- How would you define "the best shape of your life"?  I'm still not sure about my definition.  It is hard not to measure it by weight, but I know weight isn't the right way to measure it.  But what is?  How will I know when I have arrived?  I thought about measuring it with running time, but that feels like it is missing something to.  So how would you define "best shape of your life"?


Jamie said...

My suggestion would be a piece of workout apparel that is cute.
I'm running my first half-marathon in 2 weeks and I am buying myself some running tights since I have legs worth showing off now!

minneapoliscareergirl said...

Sweetheart - 7 minutes is a HUGE time difference. Please don't try to go from 37 to 30. Shaving even a minute or two off of your time when you haven't been running will be tough. Just make it a goal to feel good about it and finish with a PR!

Akirah said...

I;m not quite sure, but I do know that I currently weigh less than I did when I was in sixth grade. And it feels so good!

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Sonja said...

Great job on getting back to running! I am so jealous! I fractured my ankle (overtraining for a race actually) back in July and still can't run. Such a bummer. Anyway, if you can't get your Nike + working, look in to the RunKeeper app for your iPhone. It tracks pace, distance, etc and keeps all your runs on a website so you can see trends and stuff. I love the app and the full one is only $10. Far cheaper than Nike or a Garmin and it works great. Just doesn't have heart rate but I believe you can buy a monitor separately and there is some kind of integration with the app.