I finished my brownie and hopped on my computer to check it out. I’m not a runner, but I liked the idea of burning off brownies with a quick 30 minute run.
If you’ve been following my weighty issues, you know my history of hating to work out. I mean, I hate it. I could fill pages of how much I hate it. But hating it is no longer an option. So I’ve been trying for a long time now to find something, some kind of program that would inspire me to move.
“Couch to 5K” is a program to get people to do exactly that: get you off the couch and running. Basically, if you follow their schedule you could be running in a 5K (about 3 miles) in 9 weeks. It sounded simple enough, so I decided to forgo the 2nd brownie and start running.
Yesterday was my first day. Here’s the deal: you warm up with a brisk 5 minute walk and then you alternate 60 seconds of running with 90 minutes of walking for 20-25 minutes. You do this the first week, 3 times a week. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? Easy enough for an exercise hater such as myself.
One of the things that I like best about this program is that the idea of it doesn’t overwhelm me. I can do 3 times a week. I can do 30 minutes. I can accomplish that and anything that I choose to do over that (let’s say, cross train on an elliptical on the other day) will be counted as bonus points and bonus points are always a good thing. It’s like getting a gold star next to your A+.
Now, at first I thought that keeping track of all of those seconds was going to be a pain, but it was actually really easy. Over the next 3 months I’ll continue increasing my running time, walking less and less until around week 9 when you’ll hopefully be running about a 10 minute mile. (You can check the program out for yourself here.)
Here’s my goal: I want to try and do it in 8 weeks instead of 9. Overly ambitious? Perhaps. But I’m not a total couch potato. I do lead an active lifestyle, just not active enough to effectively burn off brownies. And the ice cream. And the chocolate souffles.
Does this suddenly mean that I will start to like working out? Of course not. I mean, I’m not crazy! But something has got to change and I’m hoping that “Couch to 5K”–a program with a goal–will help me get off the couch, put down the damn brownie, and start running away my weighty issues.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
I don’t get paid by coolrunning.com to promote any of this, by the way. Just letting you know.