Those who know me well will be shocked to hear that I've started jogging. Moving to Portland has resulted in a different amount of exercise and food, and my waistline has increased while my stamina has decreased. Yoga is great but I felt I needed to start doing some aerobic exercise to help with the waistline and stamina issues.
So last week I started the Couch to 5K program, which takes you from being a non-runner to a 5K runner in about 9 weeks. As an asthmatic, this slow increase is really good to build up my body's response to exercise, and I will probably increase the program length to about 12-15 weeks so that I can adjust to the longer runs a little more slowly than in the plan. For example, Week 5 has you going from 5 minutes of running with walking breaks on day 1, to 20 minutes of running with no breaks on day 3. That's not going to happen. But if I take 3 weeks to do week 5, then I can break up the increases a bit more.
This morning I did day 1 of Week 2, and while I am jogging pretty slowly for now, I really love it! I don't see myself joining any marathons any time soon, but I like the feeling of moving, and of seeing how much longer I'm able to go in the same time this week compared to last week. I like how about halfway through, I start to feel like I can't do any more, and then once I push past that for another minute or two, I feel like I can keep going even once the program is done.
I'm using a weekly Podcast called PodRunner, which breaks up the sections of the run by music with different BPMs and gives a tone when it's time to switch between jogging and walking. The music isn't my favorite but it is way easier than having to look at a watch every 90 seconds.
I am trying to do my runs in the morning before 11, when the temperature starts to rise. I eat a light breakfast (toast with almond butter and jam), bring a big bottle of water, and then have a smoothie when I get back to fill up and cool down.
Today's smoothie looks awful but was really tasty.
- frozen blueberries and strawberries (picked with my friend Kim)
- Soy yogurt
- almond milk
- kale from my garden
- hemp powder for some extra protein