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C25K Week 1: Lessons Learned

Friday, June 03, 2011

Plan: 5 minute warm up walk, then alternating 60 seconds of running with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes, 5 minute cool down walk. Repeated on three days.


Day 1: Ran on the treadmill, 186 calories burned, distance…?
Day 2: Ran outside, 295 calories burned, about 2.15 miles
Day 3: Ran outside with a friend, 306 calories burned, about 2.15 miles

Lessons Learned:

emoticon1.Run outside whenever possible. Seriously. Check out that calorie difference! An extra 100+ calories in the same amount of time? Yes, please. Apparently, I am a weenie when it comes to treadmill speed. I can run faster than I set the treadmill speed, but I err on the slower side since I truly hate it when your legs need a break and the treadmill’s still going. Nobody likes feeling like a hamster on death row. Outside is much better – I go whatever speed I please, which often turns out to be faster than I think it will be. (Plus: outside is infinitely more entertaining.)

emoticon2.A little rain won’t kill ya. On day 3, we ran in some serious rain. We were drenched! We thought about calling the whole thing off…but we’re training for a mud run. If a little rain is too much for us, we’re in the wrong game. So we ran. Kept us nice and cool, even if we did look like a pair of drowned rats at the end.

emoticon3.Long pants + wet weather = unexpected ankle weights. Since it was coldish and rainy on day 3, I wore regular pants instead of capris. I squished so loud by the end you could hear me coming from a mile away, I swear. I’m lucky they didn’t fall off. (So is everybody else that was running that morning, man.)

emoticon4.Shoes make the run. Days 1 and 2 were run in old running shoes I had lying around from years ago. Day 3 was in shoes professionally fit at the running store, and it made a world of difference. Not only was I more comfortable during the run, I was much more comfortable after the run – I could definitely tell my knees were happier. Seriously, don’t fear the running store.

emoticon5.Use the buddy system. I burned about the same amount of calories on days 2 and 3, but day 3 (running this time with a friend) was much easier. In fact, I was surprised when I looked at my heart rate monitor and saw that we’d passed the 300 calorie mark. A little chatter, a little gossip, some calories burned: good times.
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  • no profile photo CD5523923
    Awesome job! I found out this morning that walking outside is very different from inside. I don't have a heart rate monitor, but it felt like it should burn more calories. emoticon Keep up the good work!
    3707 days ago
    Good to know! I downloaded the C25K podcast and I'm ready to go. Awesome job on completing week 1!
    3707 days ago
    Woohoo, keep it up!
    3708 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5329129
    Well done! I have to agree 100% with getting the right shoes! Also, don't forget to stretch after your run - keeps you from feeling stiff the next day. I have one run left and I graduate from C25K! It's been a long 2 months but definately worth it!

    Have a great weekend!
    3708 days ago
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