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?