Sunday, May 31, 2009

Week Six

Today's run:
On treadmill
Max HR 190
Average HR 147
Time 40 minutes
Distance 2.775 miles
Speed 3-5.5 MPH and one sprint 8MPH for 30 seconds

I did not feel up to running today. I haven't been sleeping very well the last few nights and I'm feeling lethargic. Even though I didn't want to run, I feel good that I did. Today was a walk/run so it wasn't too bad. I can't wait to improve on speed I tried to run most of the time at 5.5MPH and when I got tired I slowed to 5MPH. I love to add a sprint after my normal run, today it was 8MPH for 30-40 seconds, it feels great to go that fast. Next week I don't have any more walking during my run. If I can get my speed up to 6MPH I will almost have my 30 minute 5k. So I feel like I'm right on track and by he end of the 9 weeks I'll be in great running shape. If I continue to lose weight too just being lighter will help make me faster. I sometimes think being overweight helps in training because the extra weight is extra resistance, but I'll be very happy to shed the excess weight.

Now that I'm getting close to the end of this program I'm getting the itch to run outside. I have a route that is about 3 miles long around my neighborhood. I'll need to get some new running wear so I'm not running in my pajamas (which is what I wear now) through the neighborhood.
I also would have to get up early to beat the heat and I'm not a morning person, at least it isn't too hot yet.

Friday, May 29, 2009


Today's run:
on treadmill
Max hr 198
average hr 160
time 37 minutes
distance 2.5
speed 3-5mph

Holy cow today was tough, I didn't think I would make it through the whole run. I had to run 20minutes with no walking, and about 10 minutes is all I am comfortable with, after that it was very challenging. So far out of my comfort zone that I wanted to quit at that point, but knew that I could push myself and I would only improve after it was over. Recovery from running today took a long time I walked for 10 minutes and still couldn't get my heart rate below 135.
I can't believe I CAN run for 20 minutes. Even if I'm slow I CAN run 20 minutes. I can't wait until I can do this with ease and increase my speed! Today I ran the slowest I ever have. Most of the run was my norm of 5MPH. After that 10 minute point I had to slow down to 4.8MPH for about 8 minutes, still not too bad as long as I ran the full 20. My knee feels almost 100% again too :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

I'm Back in the Game

Today's workout:
On treadmill
max heart rate 188
average heart rate 150
time 40minutes
distance 2.624 miles
speed 3-6mph

So happy to run today after a week or so off. My knee is still not right and didn't feel that great today when running. It is more swollen and tight than anything. The pain that is there is dull but tolerable and it even seemed to go away after about 3 minutes of running. Now I'm icing it and trying to keep it from getting worse. After my break I didn't think I would be able to pick up from where I left off but I was able to. My run today was walk 5 minutes run 8 minutes walk 5 run 8, I also added a 2 minute sprint and extra walking as usual. Most of the time running I run at 5mph it seems so slow but I'm sure I'll get faster. My next run is 20 minutes no walking! I hope my knee cooperates.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Injured List

Super sad :( I hurt my knee the other day. I'm bummed out hat I can't run but I don't want to hurt myself more. I should be able to run in the morning I hope.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Week Five

This week has a different run every time. I ran after work today and didn't enjoy it as much as running in the morning. I ran at about 5MPH, my max heart rate was 189 and average was 147. Today I had to walk run with running 5 minutes at a time. By the end of the week I will be running 20 minutes without walking! I almost can't believe it.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I'm a Runner

It has been one month since I started running. Today is my 30th Birthday and I love that I have accomplished this goal by this day! By the end of next week I'm going to be running 20 minutes strait, I can't believe it. I did add a 1.5 minute 7MPH sprint again at the end of my run and that maxed out my heart rate to 192 and I averaged 149.

I twisted my ankle last week (walking up a flight of stairs)and I keep twisting it over and over. When I run it hurts for a little while and then works itself out. Hopefully my new running shoes will help.

Can't wait to see how next week goes!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Getting Stronger Everyday

I love this program, "Couch to 5k" is working great for me! Every time I run I feel improvement. I have to push myself every time, I am out of my comfort zone, but it feels great! Today I had a max heart rate of 189 and averaged 142. I ran at 5 MPH and walked 3-3.2 MPH, I also added a 2 min 6 Mph sprint at the end.

Thursday is my birthday (I'll be 30) and I hope to get my shoes this weekend with the extra money. Can't wait to have a new pair of kicks! I love the way new shoes feel. I'm getting them at a running store so they are fitted correctly. When I get them I'm sure they will be announced.

The healthy eating bug has bitten me too. I have been logging all of my food intake so that I'm eating the correct amount of calories. It makes it a lot easier to make better choices when it comes to food. If I can get rid of some weight I will run faster, I like to think. I did lose 10lbs a few months ago and it helped my knee, and last week I carried a 10lbs weight down the stairs and my knee hurt. So at least I know it helps that problem, and it's been doing pretty well so far with running. I have a little pain here and there but not when running :)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Week Four

Today I did the first day of week four! It is so great to have such fast progress, I can run 5 minutes at 5MPH, I never would have been able to do that a month ago. This week I walk/run with running 3 minutes, walk 90 seconds, run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes and repeat. My legs felt it today and so did my heart and lungs. My max heart rate was 191 and averaged 155. A great challenge not too hard but pushing it a little more every week. I get my new shoes this week too :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Today was my last day of week three on the couch to 5k plan. It amazes me how fast the human body adjusts to workouts. I feel an improvement every time I run. The challenge is still there but I don't feel like I'm going to die (which is what I normally feel like). Working up gradually is the trick I think.
Today I walk/ran at 3-6MPH as usual and my max heart rate was 187 with an average of 139.
Yesterday I played a few rounds of disc golf and I even have more stamina for that. I'm so glad I decided to try to become a runner.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Still with it, still taking it slow. My knee has been doing well, some pain here and there but not so much when running. Today I ran/walked 2.5 miles in 40 minutes, 3miles in 50minutes and strength training. My max heart rate 194 average 139. I ran 90 seconds at 6MPH and 3minutes 5MPH walking between at 3-3.2MPH. It is still a challenge to run, but it does feel like I am improving every time I do run. My main issue is my breathing but hat will come in time, my legs feel good.
Soon I'll get my new shoes! I told myself if I stuck with it for a month I would get shoes and my birthday is coming up so it will be a gift to myself too. Only 4 more runs until I'm done with week 4!

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Today I started my third week of running. It is going well, it's challenging, and fast moving. A half hour of walking seems like forever running flies by. Today was warm up 90 seconds running 90 seconds walking then three minutes running three minutes walking. My max heart rate was 189 and average 146. My knee feels fine today, I didn't tape it, or need any Advil today :)