Our treadmill has finally arrived!
The delivery dudes came this morning while Chelsea was home, and by the time I got back here after tutoring, THERE WAS A TREADMILL IN MY BASEMENT.
And so, today began my “Couch to 5K” journey.
The first day’s run was incredibly easy, but I’m not complaining. I’ve read a number of places that the program really works if you stick with it and take it seriously and don’t cheat — kind of like WW, eh? — and so I thought, well, this is as good a time as any to try and really fashion myself into a runner.
Before anyone asks — yep, we have great running shoes and appropriate running clothes. We also know better than to push too hard too soon and damage ourselves.
That being said, we’re thrilled our mechanical babythang has finally arrived. It felt really good to get that workout in before dinner tonight, and I discovered something else…
So, fellow WW members know that WW awards “Activity Points” for working out, and has a list of actions to choose from. The points you earn are extra points you get to eat, if you so choose. In all my time on WW, I’ve never tracked activity points because I do Crossfit and, um, it’s kind of hard to know how to calculate doing METCON deadlifts. I also would never USE the activity points towards food because I feel like eating up (literally) the deficit you just created is counterproductive. That being said, today I marked that I walked intensely for 15 minutes and jogged for 15 minutes (I’ll explain the workout below) and THIS EARNED ME SIX WHOLE POINTS.
Guys, that is A LOT of points. I only get 28 a DAY — six extra points is a SIGNIFICANT increase. Crazy. I will not eat into them (pun intended) but it’s cool to know they’re there.
Here’s my First Couch to 5K Work Out:
– Warm up with a 5 minute brisk walk (I walked at 4.0)
– Jog 1 minute (I did this at 5.0)
– Walk 1.5 minutes (I did this at 4.0)
– Repeat until minute 25, at which point you walk (me: 4.0) for a cool down.
I admit that I ran/walked the same pattern during my cool down instead of just walking, despite the program saying to probably not do that. Ah, well. Got me a little further: 2.1 miles and 270 calories today.
I’m so excited to see where this running journey takes us!