Tuesday, November 02, 2010
This is not supposed to be a huge announcement or "pat on the back" of any sort but today I began the Couch to 5k program. For the past few weeks I have been mentally and physically preparing to begin training to participate in a marathon of some sort. I have never been a "runner" and might never be... jogging is more my style. However, after completing week one day one of C25K, I am fairly optimistic. Today's experience consisted of a 5 minute brisk walk and then 20 minutes of 60 second jog/90 second walk intervals. It felt really really good! I attribute my success thus far (I know it is only day 1 but I said I am being optimisic!) to three factors:
1.) motivation - I always said that when I quit smoking I would mark this accomplishment with something big. What better way to celebrate being smoke-free than to fricken' run!?
2.) healthy diet - again, I am not making a huge announcement that I will never have mexican food or dessert again but for TODAY I didn't have any sweets or heaping portions. Plus, I drank 64 ounces of filtered water before my jog.
3.) MUSIC PLAYLIST
I have never exercised using headphones and an ipod but recently, my sweet Love, surprised me with a lightweight set of headphones to use with our ipod nano (AND a cute little pink digital watch with a stop watch feature, thanks Love :) Lightweight useful equipment makes the jogging experience easier, faster, and more fun.
So here is my perfect W1D1 C25K playlist:
Mykonos - Fleet Foxes, (warm up)
My City of Ruins - Bruce Springsteen
The Rising - Bruce Springsteen
Hometown Glory - Adele
Magpie to the Morning - Neko Case
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
I Saw God Today - George Straight
Falling Slowly - "Once" soundtrack
Halo - Beyonce (Help for Haiti)
Hallelujah - Justin Timberlake featuring Matt Morrison (Help for Haiti)
Let it Be - Jennifer Hudson (Help for Haiti), cool down
If you are thinking about this crazy thing called running check out any of the numerous Couch to 5K programs. The one I like is Cool Running.