04 January 2011

C25k day #1: Seering Fat Kid Side Pain

I got out of school much later than I anticipated today, so my first attempt at Couch to 5k was not as smooth as I thought it was going to be. I ended up taking a bunch of stuff home, so my dreams of walking up the stairs from my car to the gym had a detour at my apartment. I then donned the following:

Okay, not really. But it was a stretchy bandana type of thing with a similar pattern.

I started by downloading a Couch to 5k iphone app. It cost $3 and it marks the first time I've ever paid for an app. My thought, though, is that if I'm actually going to do this, a $3 investment isn't too much. The real joy is that it tells you what to do and when to do it. So no slaving over my phone's timer- the app does that for me. AND it lets you listen to your ipod playlists so, as one could imagine, I rocked some serious Robyn while I worked out.

At the beginning of it, I thought the sunlight coming into the track was pretty:

In retrospect it sort of is too.

You walk for the first five minutes, and then jog for 30 seconds. Your body instantly fools you into thinking, "Oh, that wasn't so bad." After the next round of jogging I got to the point where I was feeling it. Then by the third round I was getting the thing I think only fat kids get, but if I'm wrong I invite you to inform me otherwise. It's right where I imagine my kidney is, and I think all fat kids get the pain there when they exercise. It happened each time I jogged (or yogged, it might be a soft "j").

By the end of it, my body was in some really serious pain. More accurately, I think my body was pissed at me. It was like, "I'm sorry, what is this? What are you doing to me? Aw hell naw!"

I had scheduled the workouts (it requires three per week) for today, tomorrow, and Saturday, but the app recommended not doing the workout two days in a row, so I'll try it on Thursday. Hopefully this gets easier, but for now... this is painful and difficult. That's what it's worth doing, right?


  1. it will get easier everyday! and not that i am small, but i get the side pains as well!

  2. Stick with it! It really will get easier. I hope the new year brings you a full measure of health and happiness. Blessings...Mary

  3. It definitely gets easy, I swear. Seriously. I hate cardio and that first workout was killer for me too. The first workout for each week are the worst ones. But the third, or final, workout for each week feels triumphant for me. I won't lie though, I'm currently stuck on week four. But I hear it's a common problem. Good luck friend!

  4. I get side cramps! Not as frequently as I used to, but I still get them. It will definitely get easier. Once you get 2 weeks, or even just a week in, you will start to feel a difference. Be proud of what you accomplish every day! Every bit counts.

  5. Yes, everyone gets side cramps. I especially get them if I take too many days off. I ran Monday for the first time in a week and a half and I was getting them near the end. You also get them more in cold weather apparently. Good luck with C25k. I have heard great things about it. I used to hate running, but now I really enjoy it. It's still hard for me to get the motivation sometimes to walk out the door, but once I get started it's not bad.