So, I kind of have a adore/hate relationship with running. I suppose running is a great form of exercise. I totally admire people who run and train for races. But the “hate” comes from having to do it alone. I don’t like to run out alone, so I usually run on a treadmill, which can be quite boring sometimes.
When I first started this blog, I really wanted to get into running, so I decided to train for a 5K. I had no idea where to begin, so I looked around and found this really fascinating program called the Couch to 5K. The Couch to 5K is a program that helps you get into running a 5K by working your way up, by doing intervals of walking and running. Even if you never ran in your life, you could begin this program. I gave it a try. Back then, I had used a podcast by Robert Ullrey, who put together music with verbal cues. So for example, if you started on Week 1, Day 1, you would first do a 5 minute walk, followed by alternating 1 minute runs and 1.5 minute walks for 20 minutes, followed by a 5 minute cool down walk. That podcast series helped me train for my first 5K, which was a great experience! The feeling you get when you work so difficult for something and you complete it is an awesome feeling!
I started running again yesterday at the gym using the Couch to 5K app on my iPhone. It’s astonishing how technology advanced from the time I ran my first 5K to now. I can now use my own music and get the cues, which is great. In addition, I use the Nike Plus+ app, which measures the distance and logs each run, showing my progress over time. I figure it was a great enough incentive for me to see progress and get back into running. After all, yesterday’s run wasn’t so bad for me. Maybe I’ll decide to run a 5K this year! We shall see!
Anyone else use “tools” to keep track of their running? Whether it is an iPhone app, a heart rate, monitor, or whatever else, let me know!