Couch to 5K?
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Recently on my Apple Watch I've been keeping track of my heart rate. It's a bit high for what I'm comfortable with, and I'm trying to get it down. Running seems like an excellent way to reduce my heart rate and get more fit. So I wanted to challenge myself and sign up for a 5K a few months out to give myself a deadline. Colin has similar goals, and we signed up together.
So we signed up for a 5K.
The Run or Wine 5K in Woodinville, Washington.
We found something silly because it'll take some pressure off rather than a more "serious" one like a charity 5K. Hopefully there will be more inexperienced runners like me?
I really wasn't able to do much running after the sixth grade- which was a roughly ten years ago. As a result, I'm in incredibly poor shape when it comes to running. Not to say I can't get back into it, but it would be different if I had done more running-type activities in the past ten years. I'm not proud that it's been ten years since my last highly-physical activity but I think it's important to state the truth.
So I started researching ways to get into running and I found the Couch to 5K app. It's a training program that takes someone who's inactive into having the ability to run a 5K. I start with a 5 minute walking warm-up, and then 20 minutes of walking and jogging intervals, and then a 5 minute cool-down. The first day I did it I made it through 17 minutes and then couldn't make it any farther so I went home. The second day I did the whole 30 minute work out and felt amazing!
Here's how I keep track of what I've been able to do. I've done three workouts so far. It's felt great for my psychologically in that I can see myself getting stronger in my will power and determination. I've never been the type of person to really stick to a sport or be competitive, but I can see myself doing all 27 of these workouts. I'm motivated.
The "coaches" are a little cheesy, but I appreciate how they remind you to "jog" and "walk" in intervals. It's also helpful that the app will buzz my Watch when it's time to change your movement, but the Watch app isn't that great. It doesn't keep track of my run they way that I want it to, so I just use the Apple exercise app to keep track of my runs, so that they can be reported into Apple Health.
On this screen I can start one of my workouts. Now that I'm on Week 2 my workouts have increased to 31 minutes. I'm feeling challenged but not overwhelmed.
All in all, Couch to 5K will hopefully prepare participants for that 5K they're shooting for- no matter how silly.
Catherine Langmack lives in Seattle, WA with her love. She's passionate about tending to her backyard crops, writing, and researching.