After a slacker of a day, I rallied just as rush hour hit full force to visit the gym.
Hoping to participate in a 5K next spring, I’ve been considering starting the Couch to 5K program. I thought I could load it onto my iPod, but no dice. I did get it on my phone, but I didn’t want to carry my phone around while doing intervals, so I opted to just use the stopwatch feature on my iPod (never knew it had such a feature) to do my first set of 60 seconds of running, 90 seconds of walking.
About halfway through, I started to wonder if I was supposed to be doing 90 seconds of jogging with 60 seconds of walking, but decided that I didn’t think I could DO 90 seconds of jogging. I had it right. I did 8 running/jogging intervals, with a five-minute warm-up and cool-down on either end.
On the sixth interval, my knee started to hurt. I’ve had problems with my knees since I ran hurdles in middle school (side note: why they let a short kid like me run hurdles baffles me still), so much so that some of the only Spanish I know other than ordering food and drinks and cussing like a Nicaraguan is how to say I have a bum knee. Mi rodilla es mala, in case you are wondering.
I thought about quitting, but after the 90-second walking interval, I fired it up to go one more time around, adjusting my gait slightly, and no more pain. So, I did the eighth set and gave my knees a break, taking the elevator down from the fifth floor.
I can’t believe I ran! The first few times around were definitely running; the final four were clearly jogging, but still.
I’m going to build slowly. It is much more than six weeks away from the 5K I hope to participate in, but I know that I need time to get my knees used to this. I don’t want an injury. So, yeah, I’ll continue to be the one who gets in the elevator even when some people insist upon making snide remarks about people driving to the gym to exercise and then skipping the stairs. What do they know about me?
When I bought my new shoes last weekend, the awesome sales guy told me they were really good for walking and moderate jogging, but that once I was doing 6-milers, I’d need to come back for some better running shoes. I was so thrilled that he assumed I’d be doing 6-milers that I may just have to go for it. That ought to be happening by next fall at this pace, but just think of how much I’ll look like a runner then!