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Yeah, I made it through week 3!!  I have to say it was tough for me to complete the runs for the week but it was more of a mind game than anything.  I managed to push aside the desire to sleep in again and after the run I was happy I did.  Todays jogging portions seemed pretty hard especially the first three intervals.  By the fourth jogging interval my mind kind of got used to the exertion so it wasn’t as bad.  I pushed a little harder today than on Monday but not as hard as I did on Wednesday.  My legs didn’t feel as bad today as they did on Wednesday or Monday either so hopefully my body is starting to get used to consistent exercise.

Garmin Forerunner 305 stats for todays run:
Total workout time, including warm-up and cool-down: 28 Minutes
Average Pace: 1 mile in 12 minutes 20 seconds
Avg Speed/Max Speed: 4.9 mph/ 11.9 mph
Average Heart Rate: 148 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 180 bpm
Total Distance: 2.27 Miles
Calories Burned: 326

That’s it for week three, now into week four which looks like it has some 5 minute runs in there. :)

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Made it through day 2 of week 3.  I found it very hard to roll out of bed this morning, my eyes were really asking for just a “few” more minutes of sleep… :) But, I know that even after another 20 minutes or even an hour of shut eye I’d still be as tired.  So, I figured that I’d rather be tired and have the satisfaction of making it through another run instead of just being tired. :D Also, having this blog really helps out because it gives me something to look forward to in that I can post an “I did it!” for others to see and hopefully that will inspire someone else to push that extra hour of sleep aside and get out and run.

I pushed a little harder today than on Monday although my average heart rate dropped a bit.  Looking at the Garmin training center for todays workout I see that my jogging intervals average pace was around 9 Minute 30 Seconds per mile.  Once the runs get a bit longer I’ll probably need to monitor the pace closer in order to keep it around 10 Minute miles so that I don’t get burned out.  I can tell that my body is still getting used to the running because my legs are pretty much toast for the rest of the day after my run.  It’ll be nice when my body becomes used to consistent exercise again so that I won’t be so wiped throughout the day.

Garmin Forerunner 305 stats for todays run:

Total workout time, including warm-up and cool-down: 28 Minutes
Average Pace: 1 mile in 12 minutes 12 seconds
Avg Speed/Max Speed: 4.9 mph/ 10.8 mph
Average Heart Rate: 145 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 184 bpm
Total Distance: 2.29 Miles
Calories Burned: 333

I’ll be back Friday evening or Saturday morning with another post because I do plan on pushing the extra sleep aside again in order to get day 3′s run in.  See you then! :)

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Day 1 of week 3 is done!  I had a couple of longer runs today but it wasn’t bad at all.  I’m really glad I have the Garmin Forerunner as I’m able to monitor the speed of my runs to try and keep them around 10 minute miles.  That really helps keep the heart rate under control which also helps me keep running for the amount of time I need to.  This weeks schedule is the following:
5 minute warmup walk
Repeat the following twice:
    90 second jog
    90 second brisk walk
    3 minute jog
    3 minute brisk walk
5 minute cooldown walk.

As the running times get longer I am going to really keep an eye on my pace so as to keep it as close to 10 minute miles as possible.  Once I’m able to run 5K’s consistently without walking I will try and get to a quicker pace but for now that’s what I’m shooting for.  Keeping to that 10 minute mile goal showed up in the stats as I have fewer miles gone and fewer calories burned.

Garmin Forerunner 305 stats for todays run:
Total workout time, including warm-up and cool-down: 28 Minutes
Average Pace: 1 mile in 12 minutes 47 seconds
Avg Speed/Max Speed: 4.7 mph/ 8.8 mph
Average Heart Rate: 147 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 182 bpm
Total Distance: 2.19 Miles
Calories Burned: 311

That’s it for todays post, I’ll be back on Wednesday to report my progress for day 2. :)

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