C25K Week 6 Day 1

Today I hit the gym for the start of my 6th week on the C25K program. I think my workout went quite well, especially since today was the longest I’ve spent on the treadmill so far.Breakdown:0.00-5.00 – 3.6 mph5.00-10.00 – 5.5 mph10.00-13.00 – 3.6 mph13.00-19.00 – 5.5 mph19.00-21.00 – 6.0 mph21.00-24.00 – 3.6 mph24.00-26.00 – 5.5 mph26.00-28.00 – 6.0 mph28.00-29.00 – 7.0 mph29.00-32.00 – 3.6 mph32.00-37.00 – 3.0 mphI racked up a total distance of 2.79 miles, which works out to a 13:15 mile. It’s kinda neat to see I was only 0.31 miles short of a 5K.How have you started your week? … Keep reading!

C25K Week 5 Day 3

Today was definitely a test…my first 20-minute run. With thighs still sore from doing squats yesterday (how sad is it that less than 30 squats, not done very deep at all, could make me so sore?), I was a little nervous, but after my warm-up walk I felt great. In retrospect, I probably kicked the speed up too far, as after 15 minutes I needed to back off a bit before burning out. However, I stuck with it and made it through the entire 20 minutes!My speeds for today:0.00-5.00 – 3.6 mph5.00-20.00 – 5.5 mph20.00-21.00 – 5.0 mph21.00-23.00 – 5.5 mph23.00-24.00 – 6.0 mph24.00-25.00 – 5.5 mph25.00-30.00 – 3.6 mphI made it 2.43 miles, which comes out at a 12:20 mile, a 50-second pace improvement over my best pace so far.Next Friday I’m scheduled for a 22-minute run, and I’ll just have to see how I’m feeling then to know … Keep reading!

Power 90 Strength Training and Abs – Day 1

After sleeping in incredibly late (turned off the alarm at 9:45, woke up at 10:45), I popped my Power 90 DVD into my computer and got going on the strength training segment. Not wanting to overdo it, I only used 7.5-pound dumbbells, but I managed to do 10 reps (unless otherwise specified) of all of the dumbbell exercises. Push-ups are going to be a work in progress, though. The ab routine at the end is what killed me. I didn’t quite get through half of it before I just couldn’t raise my body up anymore. That, too, will be something to work on. On the plus side, I was moving, and the variety this will bring to my weekly workouts should really help me see results in reshaping my body and feeling healthier overall. What’s on your agenda today? … Keep reading!

C25K Week 5 Day 2

I got up earlier than normal (8:15 AM) in order to get my wife over to a friend’s house this morning. It’s kinda thrown my schedule, but at the same time it feels pretty good. I didn’t have time to get down my normal pre-workout smoothie before hitting the gym (I didn’t want to see said smoothie returning during my first run :P), but I managed extremely well, I think.When I went running on Monday, my legs were a little tight at the beginning and didn’t loosen up quite like I’d hoped until well over halfway through the workout. Today, my legs were incredibly limber before I even got started, and I’m thinking that’s part of the reason I feel so good after my two longest running intervals of the program yet.I think this week I’ve been feeling the best ever since January, which tells me it’s time to start … Keep reading!

C25K Week 5 Day 1

Even though I kinda didn’t feel like going to the gym this morning, I went anyway, and I’m glad I did. I feel great having gone, and am looking forward to Wednesday when I should get there again.This week is the fifth week of the C25K program, and each day is a different workout, unlike the four previous weeks (Week 6 will also have a different workout every day, and then I’ll be back to each week having the same three workouts). Today’s workout consisted of three 5-minute jogs. My next workout will have two 8-minute jogging intervals, and the one after that will be a solid 20-minute jog. It’ll be interesting to see how I handle that.From today:0.00-5.00 – 3.6 mph5.00-10.00 – 5.5 mph10.00-13.00 – 3.6 mph13.00-18.00 – 5.5 mph18.00-21.00 – 3.6 mph21.00-25.00 – 5.5 mph25.00-25.30 – 6.0 mph25.30-26.00 – 7.0 mph26.00-29.00 – 3.6 mph29.00-34.00 – 3.0 mphI made … Keep reading!

C25K Week 4 Day 3

I managed to get to the gym this evening with just enough time for my workout before they closed. I took my wife to the Farmer’s Market in downtown Des Moines today, which is when I normally would have gone running, and while I was down there I had almost 2 gyros and three pieces of chicken kabob, so when we got home from the market I wasn’t in any condition to do my workout. Plus I was tired after several short nights in a row, and ended up taking at least a 2-hour nap. I’m still a little tired now at almost 8 PM, so I should sleep well tonight. Today’s intervals: 0.00-5.00 – 3.6 mph5.00-8.00 – 5.7 mph8.00-9.30 – 3.6 mph9.30-14.30 – 5.7 mph14.30-17.00 – 3.6 mph17.00-20.00 – 5.7 mph20.00-21.30 – 3.6 mph21.30-22.30 – 5.7 mph22.30-23.30 – 5.8 mph23.30-24.30 – 5.7 mph24.30-25.30 – 5.8 mph25.30-26.30 – 6.0 mph26.30-29.00 … Keep reading!

C25K Week 4 Day 2

I’ll fully admit that I was lazy yesterday and decided not to to go the gym. Would I have felt good if I had gone? Sure. But that’s life. I’m not training for the Olympics, just looking to be overall healthier.Having that extra day off might have been a good thing, though. When I went on Monday, I could feel myself approaching a bit of a wall during the last interval. Today, even with a little more speed, I finished strong.Stats for today:0.00-5.00 – 3.6 mph5.00-8.00 – 5.7 mph8.00-9.30 – 3.6 mph9.30-14.30 – 5.7 mph14.30-17.00 – 3.6 mph17.00-20.00 – 5.7 mph20.00-21.30 – 3.6 mph21.30-25.30 – 5.7 mph25.30-26.30 – 6.0 mph26.30-29.00 – 3.5 mph29.00-34.00 – 3.0 mphI increased my distance from Monday by 0.08 miles, bringing my total to 2.55 miles, which is a 13:20 mile.Have you moved today? … Keep reading!

C25K Week 4 Day 1

Today was the first day of Week 4, which means 5-minute jogs. Miracle of miracles, I survived! Okay, it wasn’t really that bad; I feel great, and I enjoyed myself during the workout.My intervals today:0.00-5.00 – 3.5 mph5.00-8.00 – 5.5 mph8.00-9.30 – 3.5 mph9.30-14.30 – 5.5 mph14.30-17.00 – 3.5 mph17.00-20.00 – 5.5 mph20.00-21.30 – 3.5 mph21.30-26.30 – 5.5 mph26.30-29.00 – 3.5 mph29.00-34.00 – 3.0 mphI hit a distance of 2.47 miles, which translates to a 13:45 mile. With a little extra speed, I’ll break 2.5 miles this week.Have you started your week with some activity? … Keep reading!