I read a lot of fitness based magazines, websites and books about a variety of topics. When I wanted to start running, I blended a few different philosophies.
In the beginning I followed the Couch to 5K plan. I began jogging for 1 minute and walking for 2 minutes over a 30 minute span. I then increased to 2 minutes jogging and 2 minutes walking. This became 3 minutes jogging and 1 minute walking.
Once I got to 8 minutes jogging, I decided to focus on distance. I had signed up for a 3.7 mile race and needed to see where I was. I began jogging for a mile, walking a minute and jogging to 2 miles and walking a minute. This worked really well for me.
How many days a week?
In the beginning I could jog, 3-4 times a week. My teaching schedule began to fill in and I often only got to the treadmill 2-3 days a week. I made sure I got some time in on my usual days. Sometimes this meant a shorter run or going later in the day. Overall, I was able to stay on track.
Time for yoga…
I attend yoga on Tues and Thurs mornings and decided these are good days to hit the treadmill. I figured out that I could squeeze in time if I was ready to go with the kids. This meant packing shower stuff and planning ahead but it was worth it. In the beginning, my shins were bothering me and yoga really helped to relieve the aches. It has been a great compliment to running.
Tracking my progress….
I began posting photos weekly of the treadmill screen. It didn’t take long before this got old. I saw friends on Facebook were using the Nike+ running app and decided to give it a try. I love it!! It tracks each run and cheers me on. I love seeing my progress over time.
We all need support! I have many outlets for support but I was the most surprised by the online community. Runners on Twitter and Facebook cheered me on when I posted before races or even training runs. It has been amazing to meet so many people and find such a welcoming community.
Where are you on your fitness journey? Where do you find support?