Both lead the way for #FitReaders all across the blogosphere.
They really do live the lifestyle – I was blown away by their commitment to walking while away at a book conference. I was also quite annoyed. How dare they walk across a four lane busy road to get breakfast when all I wanted to do was hop in my car and drive the distance. Stairs? Phfft…. I’ll wait for the elevator with the crowd. I’m not walking DOWN any flights of stairs, I might trip. Besides, it’s hot out! And get this, they wanted to dance at the ball! Absurd!
I’m embarrassed to admit I used to be in shape. In my 20’s I rock climbed. In my 30’s I rock climbed, surfed, and played golf (hey, I lived in San Diego, it’s what you do). Then at 38 I had my son and we moved to Maine. Not much exercising happened after that.
So now’s the point when I have to exercise. NO EXCUSES! I have a 9 year old to keep up with. So what did I do?
Well, I saw Ashley from Nose Graze had just finished a Couch to 5K training program. I thought, “Hey, I am the couch so maybe they can get me to a 5K. I’ll try it!” I waited to post about doing this until I was sure I was going stick with it.
I’m now at Week 7, Day 2
So how did I get to be a happy minion? Here are my tips and gear!
#1 I Used the Advice Out There
#2 There’s an App for That!
I downloaded Active’s Couch to 5K app on my iPhone. If I remember correctly, I paid $1.99 for it. There is a free version of it, though. I like this app because it works. My husband has tried a lot of the free training apps and he’s had issues with not hearing the “coaches” cues to run, walk, or cooldown. It IS tricky to set the volumes on the notifications, ringer, and music but once you have it, it works! This app’s website had a good explanation how to set it up correctly.
This app also has GPS so it maps where I go, gives me my pace for my walking portion and my running portion, and gives me an overall distance. These are all timed runs, not distance. This training program runs for a total of 9 weeks. Right now, I’m doing straight 25 minute runs.
I have to giggle a little because I don’t feel like I’m running. I’m jogging. But no one says they’re going out jogging. At least that’s what my husband says.
#3 I Need My Tunes!
I rely heavily on music carrying my feet. My husband says that’s not necessarily a good thing but right now, I need it. I LOVE music that is 160 bpm because that is how my feet hit the ground, even though my pace is more like a 13 minute mile. But how in the world do you find music to go with your feet?
This site is fantastic! You just have to play around with the search tools on the left hand side to find the songs in the bpm you want and genre you like. Basically, if you run a 9 minute mile, you want 160 bpm. There are also playlists other people have put up if you need ideas.
What if you have some favorite songs and you want to know the bpm of the songs? Go here!
This site is self explanatory. Unfortunately for me, all my alternative music is much too slow for me 🙁
Here’s my current playlist if you want some ideas for songs. I have VERY eclectic taste. My guilty indulgence is Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off. It is THE perfect running song. The bpm are dead on for me. That song really gets me going. This is War by Thirty Seconds to Mars is also dead on!
#4 Never Leave Home Without It
I love my Jaybird Bluebuds X bluetooth headphones! I did a bit of research when my husband got a pair and these were the best for the price at the time. I quickly researched again when I got mine last week (as a reward for sticking with running) and they still are the best for the price. We get different foam earpieces, though. All I know is that I am so screwed when it comes time for me to run in a race because most races ban headphones.
Yes, I use a belly bag (or fanny pack when I spin it around) for my phone when I run. This one is made of stretchy spandex so it stretches around my iPhone 5s and stays that size. It stays discreetly under my shirt when I run. It’s a castoff from my husband so I have no clue who made it but it’s probably from Amazon.
Whoever invented this knee brace should be knighted, bronzed, and then fed a free Denny’s breakfast. This little gadget saved my non-runner’s knees from injury and pain. LOVE!
I’m always Google’ing running problems and I seem to find answers on Runner’s World. Here are two of my favorites:
Runner’s World Shoe Advisor – how to find the right running shoe for you
The Big 7 Body Breakdowns – common runner injuries and how to avoid them
Are you one of the #FitReaders? All it takes is getting up and walking! Maybe I’ll even see you on the road!