May. 26th, 2010 03:21 pm
cosmic_ocean: (crows)
Holy cow, I haven't updated my activity long in foreverrrrr...

Well, the Couch to 5k is going swimmingly, as it should. I only missed one day so far, because I was in Berlin and didn't have time to go running on that vacation. Luckily I kept my fitness up with two bicycle tours and one hell of a lot of walking, and I'm going to rearrange my running schedule to fit in week 4.3 on Friday. I'm sure it'll be fine.

When I get back to Canada and when I can do a 5k with relative ease, I want to run a 5k or more run! Eventually, anyway. Right now I am trying to push past the void I feel when my body and mind are screaming, 'for the love of god STOP! You can't do this, you're just not good enough!' It seems to be working, so far. Hopefully.

Here's an interesting question: What am I supposed to do when I run 5k with energy to spare? Is there a similar program to the C25k that pushes you into 10k? It'd be nice, to have that help.

So yeah! I'm on week 4 of the Couch to 5k! Is that halfway through? I'm not sure. :p I'm excited to become a 5k runner. :3
cosmic_ocean: (pikahee)

Week 1.2 (66% complete)

Today was the second day of week 1 of the Couch to 5k program. Today went a little more smoothly than Sunday did, in that the shin splint in my left leg seemed a little less...throbby than normal. Maybe it's finally (FINALLY) going away, and won't come back. Yay?

Having said that, my legs did feel a bearable strain, but that's a good thing, right? It means you're working the muscles in your legs, right? Which is exactly what I need to do right now. 'Specially round the thigh area, ahaha. If someone were marooned on a desert island with me and I died first, they'd have three square meals for a month at least. :x

And I decided it might be a good (and slightly humiliating) idea to take pictures of my progress. It'll keep me motivated to go on, and maybe I'll share them at the end of the 12 week program. :D However...

A bonus: hair! lol

That' my hair - it goes with me everywhere. It's usually in a braid when I exercise, but it has a nasty habit of thwacking me in the face with itself when I go for a jog. So I'm looking for a secure, comfortable bun to put it in instead. :B

Also, I found a place for my PokeWalker (pedometer, for everyone else) until I get pockets, yay! I have a metal non-extending lanyard that has a clip on either end - I attach one end to the 'walker and the other to my sports brastrap and tuck it in to my bra. It's not the greatest solution, as that's where I keep my keys and my iPod for now too, so it's a little crowded in there, but it works for now. Although the moisture may break it, so I gotta get a pocket (and an iPod case, as well) soon!

So all in all I'm feeling pretty swell about the Couch to 5k thing so far.
cosmic_ocean: (dwight)

I don't know what it is, but today when I went running my left leg felt really bad about midway down my shin, in a small patch. It felt like it was being squeezed in a vice, or something. I do think the pain may be in part caused by my posture; I have an awful habit of putting all my weight on my left leg. I'll be keeping an eye on that, to see if it helps.

Hopefully it'll go away, because it's not a pain I can seem to ignore, like a stitch in my side or a regular shin splint, both of which go away after you get used to running. This actually makes me stop running long before I would otherwise have to.

Nevertheless, I am going to continue to run, even if it means start-stopping until the pain stops. I gotta keep it up till March! when my cousin and her friends come.
cosmic_ocean: (academia)
I've been naughty.

Ever since my last post I haven't been going out to run! I've done several 8 and 12k walks and stuff, but nothing substantial to get me in the military. Unless it's no longer a requirement to run, and I doubt that, lol. On the plus side, the walk that used to take 3 hours is more like 2 hours and 15 minutes! So there's a bit of improvement as well.

Nevertheless, today I decided enough was enough and I better get my rear in gear again! So I went out on a run by myself, for about a half hour, and did surprisingly better than I did before, despite not going out for a while. Seriously, remarkably better than I did before. I dun get it at all, but I'm not going to complain!

I feel better than I did the last week...ish, after being incarcerated at Barb's house. She had no chicken unless it was deep-fried and frozen, and nothing remotely healthy except a stalk of broccoli and some Kashi oatmeal in her house. So I subsisted on cookies, oatmeal and broccoli for four days and came home feeling like crap and unable to sleep. Now I think I'll sleep much better tonight, be up for most of the day tomorrow, and feel a lot more energetic.

I'm going to do some exercises for my midsection tonight before bed, then I think I have to go on a 12k walk tomorrow morning, weather pending. If it's raining too much to go out, I'll do some yoga! in preparation for the yoga class being held at the community centre at the start of March. I don't want to look stupid in front of everyone! XD

Later this week (weather pending...again), I want to get to the beach, before the Italians get to it again. :D
cosmic_ocean: (don't like)
Wow, this was a semi-success only. I started off strong and was able to run for a song and a half, but ran out of steam quickly because I didn't have a chance to eat breakfast. I ended up getting progressively slower as time wore on, then I got a stitch in my side and couldn't get through it. Mum insists on going now, now, now! unfortunately. This time I didn't take the dogs though, because it was raining and freezing. All parts of my skin that I didn't cover is pink - from my Star Trek tattoo to my fingertips, the V of my neckline, and my face have a rosy glow. D: Hopefully next time I'll get to eat and digest breakfast, and do better.

So we ran-walked for 47 minutes from our house, down the market road, past the elementary school, around the highway, and back up the same road to home. It's about 5 km. or 3 mi. Which is pretty fragging pathetic, if you think about it, but hey, for a n00b, it's expected.


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