I usually run at 5:30 but today at 6:30 I still hadn't left my office. Then one of my good friends rescued me from sorting through papers by myself and helped me, which I appreciate immensely. We went grocery shopping together after that, and then after I put away my groceries and ate a very small and simple dinner, I changed and went to the gym. I ended up starting the workout at 8:30 or so, which I used to tell myself I couldn't do, and you know what, it's a decent hour, and I'm ready for bed. I just wanted to update this before I forgot my stats.
So there's a tip in this. If you want to get into an exercise routine, you have to be willing to cut yourself some slack, and do things however you can, even if it's not ideal all the time.
There is a 5K race here this weekend, The Rex Lee Run, and every year it happens I wish I was in shape enough to run in it. You know what, though, I was looking up finishing times with a friend of mine, and we decided that if I could finish it in 30 minutes, I would finish in the middle of the pack. Even if I could keep up my current running pace for 3.1 miles, I still wouldn't finish in 30 minutes, but in a YEAR of consistent training, I really COULD be there.
The workout today was a little shorter distance because the time was 5 minutes less, even though my pace was faster. I'm going to be going along with the official Couch to 5K app for iPhone from now on now that I've invested in it. I was right; it's a lot more enjoyable to not have to watch a clock the whole time.
My workout today:
Week 2, Day 2
1.81 miles in 29 minutes, 2.0% incline
5 minute warmup (3.5 mph)
90 seconds running (4.5 mph)
2 minutes walking (3.5 mph)
(repeat 5 times)
3 more minutes of walking (cool-down)
Total Distance: 11.72 miles