Tuesday, July 6, 2010

c25k: W2D1: DONE

W2D1 of the C25K program consists of a 5 min warm up walk followed by 6 intervals of 90 second jogs and 2 min walks. Total run time is 9 minutes, or 1 minute greater than W1 intervals.

Today I had the idea to walk to the local highschool track to perform my workout there. It’s a 1 mile walk to the school, so my 5 min warm up walk turned into a 20 minute walk and my cool down was therefore also a 20 minute walk. When I arrived at the track I found all the gates locked, which was very disappointing.  The school ought to allow local community residents the ability to use the track, especially off season in summer. Our property taxes pay for the equipment after all. Without access to the track I ran my intervals on the soccer field which worked out well as long as i avoided the damp spots from the sprinklers.

I did not find the intervals any more or less challenging than the W1 intervals. My heart rate was relatively similar to W1 numbers (shown here: Jenni's HR log on Garmin Connect). I also did not have any leg or knee pain, so that’s great.

I haven’t lost any weight in the 2 weeks since i started running, but I am getting more muscular and getting smaller in terms of measurements. Mostly my goal is focused on fitness – to improve my cardio strength as will be measured by my HR monitoring, but it would be dishonest if I didn’t admit I was hoping to also get thinner in the process. I do believe in health at every size, but just for the thrill of it I’d enjoy being able to shop in standard sizes (instead of plus sizes). 

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