I did a lot of prep work this weekend to get ready for Operation Hot Mommy Body (HMB), like ordering new running shoes, downloading some new workout music on iTunes, picking up some sports bras (since mine were 6 years and 2 bra sizes old), etc. I planned on starting my Couch to 5K program this week, but I have since decided that it might be better to use this week as a "warm up" week. I still plan to start jogging as soon as my shoes get here and I will be doing Pilates 3 times this week. But I think I will use next week as my official "Week 1".
I know several of you have shown an interest in joining me on the C25K plan, so I thought it might be fun to do a weekly post on our progress. I know this may not interest the vast majority of my readers, especially those who "frown upon exercise", but blogging about my goals is what keeps me motivated so I am going to do it anyway :-) I was thinking that Sunday might be a good day to post about the weeks progress. That way, we can get some renewed energy and motivation to start the next week. So...for those of you joining in...what should we call our running group? Or how should I title my Sunday posts?
Now...back to the plan. I did a lot of thinking about what days I should run. I thought Mon/Wed/Fri seemed appropriate, but a few people told me that they enjoyed doing Mon/Wed/Saturday. This actually sounds like a great idea to me, especially since Eric is home on Saturdays to hang out with the kiddies while I get some alone running time :-) So that is going to be my schedule to start.
For those of you who have already looked into the C25K program, you know that the workouts are a combination of running and walking for specific amounts of time. This had me a little stressed out this weekend because I was trying to figure out how I would keep track of time while I ran. My blogger friend Amy suggested these podcasts and I downloaded a few yesterday. They are really great actually. The person who created them chose fun music and the cues are very clear and precis. However, if you would rather chose your own music, I found the most AWESOME iPhone app for the C25K program. The app explains the whole program, gives you week by week guides to your workouts, tracks your history and progress AND you can play your own music through iTunes and they will give you your run/walk cues!! How freaking sweet is that? Here is a quick screen shot of the app...
I just gave it a test run tonight and it works like a charm!!! A little guy chimed in right in the middle of "Baby Got Back" and told me to run. AWESOME!! I guess I need to get one of those silly looking armbands to run with now. Oh well...its worth it :-)
So...I guess I am all set!! Now its time to get moving!! For those of you who are joining the group, send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (even if you have already told me you want in) just so I can merge all of our addresses together to start an e-mail list. Yay!! I never thought I would get so excited about working out! Crap...I wonder if hell has frozen over?