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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

{C25K week 2 & 3}

O.K.!! Time to catch up on my experience & thoughts on my final run for week 2, and of course, week 3 (2 runs so far).


Saturday I woke up at 8 a.m., woke the girls up to see if they wanted to ride their bikes while I jogged, and they did. So we headed out. Katie kept telling me "run faster Mom!" I kept shouting back at her "this is as FAST as I can go.... leave me alone!" I survived and lived.

Now, this week is an entirely new set of rules. First walk briskly for 5 minutes, then jog for 90 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, then jog for 3 minutes and then walk for 3 minutes. Do this entire set again.

I did OK. Still having a hard time breathing. My SIL Tiffany gave me a pointer of breathing 1-2-3 in and out 1-2-3. The entire time I'm doing this (I did it on my run #2 for this week) I'm thinking "wheeze-wheeze... maybe I have asthma, and I SHOULDN'T run?!" I had a hard time expanding my lungs fully after running the full 3 minutes.... Hmmm, will need to bring that up to the doctor to find out why.

Before my run today, I bought a cheap digital watch that has a stopwatch on it. Let me tell you, it was SO much easier than trying to figure out "OK... has it been 2 minutes or 3 minutes?" Best $9.99 I've ever spent!

While jogging then walking today, I wondered why we were supposed to "walk briskly" after jogging. Who in the world can walk briskly after jogging? Not me! I'm half dragging myself after jogging! Course, in the alleyway that I use to get to the trail, I experience all sorts of smells from people's houses.

"Ooh... she must be baking!" "OOh... old people's house... there's tons of mothballs in that house!" "ooh... wonder if they have garbage piling up in their house and they need to be featured on Oprah or that British ladies show about cleaning?" Yep, I know how to entertain myself.

Oh, and I saw the biggest lizard today that I've ever seen while in Texas. Biggest excitement of my day. And guess what? I didn't even scream & leap in the air like I normally would've done out of horror. Wanna know why?

Because I was too tired. And sore. and still wheezing.....


  1. You are cracking me up. I really think you will start to like to run. I really enjoy it, but it takes time to get yourself to that point. keep it up!! How many weeks-months do you have before the C25K?

  2. I totally wheeze too. After runs I always feel like I am dying of something. You are killing me with your thoughts of different peoples homes. :)

  3. Oh Amy, hang in there! It gets easier, I promise! As for the breathing, don't try strange patterns, they don't work and will only cause you more stress. Just breathe in and out as you need.

    I found a new get-in-shape-fast tool! The stair stepper! Seriously, 20 minutes on that thing and you are DYING.

    Good luck, I'm cheering for you!

  4. you are doing great Amy. If we lived close, i would be your runny buddy.:)


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