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Friday, April 25, 2014

Couch to 5K

I don't run. I hate to run. I just...ugh I can't stand it.

I think my hatred of running started in elementary school, when I was one of the slowest kids in my grade. Then, I for some reason decided to join the track and cross country teams, and was again, way behind everyone else.

For whatever reason, I am a terrible runner, and I just don't like it. However, I feel like that's something I need to change. See, next year, as a college athlete, I'm afraid that I'll have to run. I've been told that running will not be a part of our dryland regimen (dryland is out of the water workouts for swimmers, like running, lifting, calisthenics, etc.), but I know that that can change in a second.

Out of this fear of running, and just because I don't like being the last one, I decided that I would change that. I didn't want to be the slowest one anymore.

Two days a week, I teach swim lessons, and on those days, I can't go to practice because the two are at the same time. Instead, I run on those days that I teach lessons, and on Sundays.

To aid in this laborious process, I use the Couch to 5K app.

I took a couple screenshots of it so that y'all can see what it's like inside the app, and to get a gist of how the program works. It's a 9 week program, that starts you off at jogging for just 1 minute at a time, and gradually builds you up to running the full time on your own. 

I love this app because it starts slow. It doesn't yell at you to keep a certain pace, and it has an option where you can stream music through it - it just pauses at the time intervals to tell you to jog or walk.

So, you run 3 times a week for ~30 minutes. It really makes what would be absolutely awful for me not so bad after all, and now I don't really mind going for a run!

xx, Victoria
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