Guest Post: C25K Week 2

We’re welcoming back Dayle, to share with us her struggles and successes with C25k.

The three sessions for Week 2 consisted of:

A brisk 5-minute warm up walk. Alternate 1 ½ minutes of jogging and 2 minutes of walking. Then a 5 minute cool down walk.

Week 2 actually took me about a week and a half to complete. After going back to work after the holidays, I struggled with finding the right time to fit in my workout. I was willing to get up earlier, but it was still dark out. Once it was light, there wasn’t enough time to work out and still get to work on time. By the time I got home after work, there wasn’t enough daylight left to get it in then. So, I spent a few days trying to figure that out. I tried going to work later and working out in the morning one day, and then tried leaving work early another day to workout afterward. I found that the morning workout seemed harder on my body. Probably because I was still half asleep. The afternoon workout was definitely less taxing and more encouraging for me. Now, to figure out how I can manage to shift my work schedule at least 3 days a week.

Another thing I switched up this week was the clothes I was wearing for the workouts. I got myself a pair of running leggings from Target, which made more of a difference than you would think. They are much better to run in than the shorts I was wearing before. They helped hold everything “in” and they didn’t get in the way like the shorts did. It’s kind of hard to explain, but trust me…there’s a reason Active wear exists. Just get some. The pants I got were only about $17, which I think is a reasonable investment considering the level of comfort they added to the workout.

One of the features of the app is the log it keeps for each workout session. Once you have completed a session, it allows you to make notes on how you feel like you did, and how far you ran. There are five different ‘smileys’ to choose from, so you can mark how hard the workout was for you.

This week, I also decided to try a path closer to my house, so that I could just start from my front door, and not have to drive somewhere each time I wanted to work out. I now do my walk/run on a trail just outside my neighborhood that is very popular for cyclists and runners. And you know what? I don’t care. Cars are driving by the whole time, and every few minutes someone runs past me going the other direction. I don’t even think about it. I’m not concerned with whether they even notice me, much less if they are judging the pace I’m keeping. All that matters is that I’m still doing this. I’m sure I’ve outlasted many people who made it a New Year’s resolution to exercise. On to Week 3!!

Keep up the great work, Dayle! We’re looking forward to hearing how week 3 went for you!

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