Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Still going!

I completed Week 5, Day 1 today! 5 minute run, 3 minute walk, 5 minute run, 3 minute walk, 5 minute run.

I was a bit worried about this one because I have been struggling with the 2nd 5 minute runs from last week, but there was no need! This was almost 'easy'! Maybe I'm just getting used to pushing through... Either way, I'm going to have to push pretty hard on Day 2 - there are 8 minute runs in there! I haven't run that long in one stretch for about a year.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Running

So I've been continuing with the C25K program and completed Week 4, Day 2 this morning despite the disgusting muggy heat! It felt great except for the last few minutes where I really slowed down.
I worked out that I ran 2.4km today (thanks Google Earth!) which ended up taking 16 minutes. That's 3 minutes off my goal. OUCH! I suppose you would expect that though, seeing as I am only in week 2 of getting back into running!

Next week will be fun with the 8 minute runs and then a 20 minute run non-stop... Hopefully the weather cools down so it's a little more pleasant.

C25K - Week 4, Day 2

So I took a little while off after Jedi's desexing operation as he could not be left unsupervised because he was so unwell... I ended up getting back into it on Monday and today was my 2nd day of Week 4.

I worked out in the oval there are 4 trees that I can use as markers so that I run the same distance every time. Going on Google Earth, the distance around the oval (using the trees to make it a square path) is 375m per lap.

Today I ran 6 laps + 2 horizontal ends of the path which adds up to exactly 2.4km!!!! Adding up the time that it took me to run that, I am 3 minutes behind on my deadline! It took me 16 minutes of running to get there. Ouch! But hey, I am only 2 weeks into my running program, so really I'm not doing TOO badly!!

Anyway, one more day of Week 4 and then it's Week 5 which consists of:

Day 1:
Jog: 5 minutes
Walk: 3 minutes
Jog: 5 minutes
Walk: 3 minutes
Jog: 5 minutes

Day 2:
Jog: 8 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Jog: 8 minutes

Day 3:
Jog: 20 minutes (3.2km)

It seems like a big jump, but she'll be right!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Woops...

Wow, it's been a long time!!!!!! So much for getting fit while I was at uni! I have my PFT coming up in a month so I thought I better get cracking! I have to do a 2.4km run in 13 minutes, 25 situps and 8 pushups. I can do the situps still, but the pushups and the run are going to be difficult!

I started running again on Thursday last week. I decided to do the Couch to 5K program but started at Week 3 because the first two weeks looked too easy. Today I finished week 3, so on Thursday I will begin week 4.

I am absolutely loving the running though... It is making me feel happier, more energetic, I'm eating less and I'm just feeling great! I am kicking myself for being such a bum last year and not keeping up with my fitness. I seriously think that last year's study would have been much easier had I kept up my running. But, we live and we learn and this year I am determined to keep running. I just need to get into a pattern.

I've also started swimming again and absolutely loving it! There is an aquatic centre just down the road and I have been going there every few days. On Sunday I managed 500m breast stroke and 250m freestyle before I had to leave. It's really fun!

Okay my stats... Keeping in mind that I put on 1.5kg over Christmas! WOOPS!

Weight: 80.8kg
Fat %: 34.5
Total Water %: 47.0
BMI: 24.1

Monday, January 12, 2009

Fitness day

I completed Day 2 of Week 3 in the Couch to 5K program yesterday. It was actually much easier than Day 1 - probably because I knew what to expect, but I hope that means I can return to my previous fitness level pretty quickly.

After our run I decided to go for a swim and do some laps. I haven't done lap swimming in years, but I thought I would try and push myself. I completed 500m of breast stroke and 250m of freestyle non-stop. I could have kept going with the breast stroke for hours, but the freestyle required a lot of effort! I had somewhere to be after swimming, so I wasn't able to stay for as long as I would have wanted, but it was still nice! I think the run+swim is something I will definitely do again.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A new start

It has been almost a year since I was at my fittest, running 10-15km a week... Then I started medicine and forgot all about my fitness! It was not my intention, but days turned into weeks which turned into months... And then you convince yourself that it'll hurt too much to go for a run because you're so unfit... and so there you remain! I have been meaning to start again these holidays, but there has always been an excuse - the latest one that it's too hot! So when I woke up this morning and saw that it was overcast and cool, I knew had I run out of excuses!

So before I had a chance to second-guess my decision, I quickly put on my running gear and went out the door! I had decided to do Couch to 5K to get started, but realised that week 1 and 2 were probably a little TOO easy for me. So I started at week 3, day 1. It went well - It hurt, but I did it. I threw in some hills and managed to keep going...

Now I feel absolutely awesome! I had forgotten how good I feel after I run!!!! Why did I stop!?!!!!