Saturday, July 2, 2011

Off the Couch

Earlier this spring, our (much younger, slim) friend Alyssa mentioned on Facebook that she had started a new fitness program, the Couch-to-5K ® Running Plan. I was intrigued by the name and so googled it to see what she was up to. It sounded quite appealing and I thought, if I were younger and had ever been in shape... 

But the notion continued to roll around in my head. Well, I thought, I don't have to run the 5K, I could just aim to walk it regularly.

Quoting from the Cool Running website: Each session should take about 20 or 30 minutes, three times a week. That just happens to be the same amount of moderate exercise recommended by numerous studies for optimum fitness. This program will get you fit. 

Hmmm, this was sounding more do-able.

Step one: New, comfortable walking shoes. Check.

Step two: Leash up the hounds and head for the Shenantaha Creek Park trail.

Step three: Walk briskly for 15 minutes in one direction, turn, walk briskly 15 minutes in  t'other direction.

Day one: Done!

Cool Running has all sorts of training tips and online resources for folks who are working up to running 5K. I have started by using their online training log to record my brisk walks. By putting even this modest effort on record, I hope to stick to my plan. Who knows, I may work my way up to jogging a bit of that 30 minutes by the end of the summer.
(By the way, 5K sounds better when you think of it as its 3.1 mile equivalent.)

Goal: The 5K Randy's Run in Lake George next spring. At least at a brisk walk...

Note: There are many online resources for folks of any fitness level looking to improve a little or a lot. In addition to Cool Running, I liked this one from the Mayo Clinic, which includes plans "if you're strictly a walker."