Well, it’s official. I have clearance to use my feet in weight-bearing activities again! Given my few attempts at run/walking have ended in frustration, I’ve decided I’m going to take it easy and go the “couch-to-5K” route.
The concept behind the Couch to 5K plan is pretty simple–you gradually build up the endurance to run by doing a combination of run/walking over a period of 9 weeks. Eventually, you’re able to complete a 5K run. It’s intended for beginning runners, but that’s how running feels to me, after being away from running for awhile.
Sunday, I tested out the waters, and it went surprisingly well. A few things I like about it:
- Being told what to do. OK, I don’t always like this in general. But in this case, it was encouraging. And it took the thinking out of when to start running/walking.
- Interval training. Interval training is really great for keeping things interesting. It didn’t really feel like I was running, actually.
- Easy plan. 30 minutes, three times a week. That seems very manageable.
I don’t know how long I’ll be able to start and stop running like this. I might eventually cave and just run for longer than the app tells me to. But I’m convinced this is a great way to start running again.