Well, I made it through the first workout.  It wasn’t too bad even for someone as out of shape as myself.  I found the workouts to be a bit challenging but not so challenging that I had problems completing any of the intervals.  If you haven’t read up on the Couch-to-5K program yet here is what the first week workouts entail:

5 minute warm-up consisting of brisk walking

20 minutes of the following, or 8 sets of each:
     60 seconds of jogging followed by
     90 seconds of brisk walking

5 minute cool-down consisting of easy walking

Not too hard for a beginner and it will get my legs and lungs ready for more strenuous workouts later.  I found myself a bit winded during the 60 second jogs but was able to easily complete the whole workout.

Now since I am using the Garmin Forerunner 305 to get my heart rate and distance stats I’ll record some of the important numbers in each one of my posts.

Total workout time, including warm-up and cool-down: 30 Minutes
Average Pace: 1 mile in 12 minutes 48 seconds
Avg Speed/Max Speed: 4.7 mph/ 7.5 mph
Average Heart Rate: 141 beats per minute(bpm)
Max Heart Rate: 179 bpm
Total Distance: 2.34 Miles
Calories Burned: 318

I also wanted to mention one thing which I found helpful, I am using the Couch to 5K podcasts created by Robert Ullrey located here.  I found the first weeks podcast to be a good companion for my run so if you want to give them a try go ahead and download them, they’re free! 🙂  I also saw some on the iTunes store but haven’t tried them so I cant give my opinion on any of them.

That’s it for this post.  I’ll let you know on Wednesday how that day went.

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