Since going to a once-a-week riding program after a couple years of 4-6 days per week, I found my fitness level plummeted. Fast. And because I don’t have an option for riding more often right now, I decided to start running (again).
When I started running over the summer I just kind of…started running. No plan. Just run until I felt like I was going to die. Take a walk break. Run some more. Be sore for three days after. Repeat.
This time, I decided to try the Couch to 5K (C25k) app. It’s a program that takes you from couch potato to being able to run a 5k in 8 weeks. It has been so great! I’ve been completing the 3 runs per week along with my riding lesson. Keeping up with that New Year’s goal of exercising 4x per week!
Last night I completed the halfway point of the app. I’m proud for getting this far! It has been easy, to be honest. I mean, the running can be hard. It can suck a lot, actually. But sticking with the schedule hasn’t been hard. (Absurdly nice weather makes it easier!)
The runs slowly build each week. The first week was run 1 minute, walk 1 minute, repeat for 30 minutes. This upcoming week (week 5) will be run 5 mins, walk 3 mins, repeat 2 more times.
I really like this app. It’s easy to use and I can tell I am getting fitter. I can run farther, recover faster and overall I just feel better. I definitely recommend it as a companion to riding if you want to get fitter but don’t know where to start with running.