Journey 2 5K

January 19, 2013

Week 1 Day 1

I started  training for my first ever 5K run today. I used the app that my doctor recommended to prepare for the run and to lose weight – the Couch to 5K app. It was so hard to concentrate as I started the walk/run, walk/run routine of the first day because of the most exquisite sunrise I’ve ever seen. The worst part of all, I didn’t bring my SLR camera so I just used the camera on my phone.

the quality of the colors and how they reflect on the water was amazing

the quality of the colors and how they reflect on the water was amazing

the fog added to the mystery and beauty

the fog added to the mystery and beauty

Then, I remembered the purpose why I was there at the park – to run. Yet I couldn’t contain my itch to click, so I took a couple more shots towards the cool down session. What a satisfying end to my first day of training.

the colors changed to a more fiery orange, yellow tint

the colors changed to a more fiery orange, yellow tint

as the fog began to lift

as the fog began to lift

January 21, 2013

Week 1 Day 2

The program I’m following for Week 1 is 5 minutes brisk walk for warm-up, 20 minutes of alternating 60minutes run/90 minutes walk, and 5 minutes cool down. So far it has been very doable.  I’m not gasping for air unlike when I dive into a two lap run just to  so I could proudly say I started an exercise program.  However the next day, my body is so sore that I basically quit from running altogether. Not this time I hope. The C25K is more scientific, goal oriented, and most of all, user friendly. On the two days that I followed the training, I haven’t felt major pain yet.

Today was less distracting for me at the park. There was no glorious sunrise to take my mind off the exercise but then I still took a picture during the end of my cool down.

Just a bare tree standing proudly

Just a bare tree standing proudly

Week 1 Day 3

I decided to train today because I wouldn’t be able to do it tomorrow.  It was a struggle at the beginning. My chest hurt as I started to run. So I took it easy a little bit by walking and then starting over with the exercise. It got better towards the end. It felt good to accomplish this small and simple step towards a healthier life.

5K, here I come

5K, here I come

Week 2 Day 1

January 24, 2013

5 minutes brisk warm up, 20 minutes alternating 90 seconds jog/2 minutes walk, then 5 minutes cool down

I was so excited to begin my second week of training. Soon as I got home, I put on my training attire and running shoes.  I thought it was going to be easy but my body resisted. I realized just how out of shape was my cardiovascular strength. All that food, staying up late, and stressing out over work have done it’s damage to my body and emotional outlook. I’m so determine to become healthier and to lose weight.  I believe following this program will help me accomplish my goal.

my tired feet ..please do not mind my lack of fashion sense...

my tired feet ..please do not mind my lack of fashion sense…

Week 2 Day 2

January 26, 2013

5 minutes brisk warm up, 20 minutes alternating 90 seconds jog/2 minutes walk, then 5 minutes cool down

I did something different than usual. I ran around the edges of the park which allowed me see other scenes that I’ve never seen before. For my cool down, I took a picture of a man fishing underneath a deck.

almost did not see him

almost did not see him

Week 2  Day 3

5 minutes brisk warm up, 20 minutes alternating 90 seconds jog/2 minutes walk, then 5 minutes cool down

January 29, 2013

No pictures of this run. I did it in my neighborhood around 7:30 pm.  It was dark but the wind felt good.

Week 3 Day 1

Brisk 5 min warm up walk, then do two reps of the following:  Jog for 90 secs; walk for 90 secs; Jog for 3 minutes; walk for 3 minutes, cool down

January 31, 2013

Yay! I’m beginning a new week  and I got some pretty cool shots.  I’m starting to enjoy phone photography. Somebody said,  “the best camera is the one you have in your hand.”

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Week 3  Day 2

Brisk 5 min warm up walk, then do two reps of the following:  Jog for 90 secs; walk for 90 secs; Jog for 3 minutes; walk for 3 minutes, cool down

February 4, 2013

I just love build you up gradually. I’m actually look forward to running now instead of dreading it.  I hope I can really stick to this training and make it to the 5K all the way.

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Week 3 Day

Brisk 5 min warm up walk, then do two reps of the following:  Jog for 90 secs; walk for 90 secs; Jog for 3 minutes; walk for 3 minutes, cool down

February 7, 2013

I have to find a way to run without hurting my knees so much. Maybe I need to stretch a little bit more before and after the run.  Also, I wanted to show a little variety with pictures instead of just focusing on birds and sky so I took some abstract ones.

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Week 4  Day 1

Brisk 5 min. warm-up walk, then: Jog for 3 mins: Walk 90 secs; Jog 5 minutes; Walk 2.5 mins: Jog 3 mins: Walk 90 secs;  Jog 5 minutes

I was so glad to do my run at a different location – Turner playground/Bondy parking lot.  The place brought a lot of great memories. A few years ago, we’d bring all the boys here to bike and play. It seemed like yesterday! (ugh, nostalgia!)  It was actually better because I mostly ran on grass which was not painful to my knees. I also noticed that warming-up with basketball really helped in loosening my muscles.  The run was not as difficult as I imagined especially that the time of running has  been increased. I got one picture in as the phone was losing charge. So I don’t like the quality of the picture but I’ll just post it for documentation.

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Week 4  Day 2

February 14, 2013

Brisk 5 min. warm-up walk, then: Jog for 3 mins: Walk 90 secs; Jog 5 minutes; Walk 2.5 mins: Jog 3 mins: Walk 90 secs;  Jog 5 minutes

It was so hard to follow the program this week because it has been raining a lot. So I just compensated by doing the exercise bike. Then, this Friday I finally was able to get out though and  it felt so good.  I just feel so happy doing this running program and accomplishing my daily and weekly goals. I could also see some improvements with the way I look. I can now wear clothes that were so tight fitting before. Yahoo!

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Week 4  Day 3

February 16, 2013

Brisk 5 min. warm-up walk, then: Jog for 3 mins: Walk 90 secs; Jog 5 minutes; Walk 2.5 mins: Jog 3 mins: Walk 90 secs;  Jog 5 minutes

I saw the “Bread Lady” today.  She usually bring a couple of loaves of bread to feed the birds at the park. I haven’t seen hear in almost a year but it actually felt good to see hear again. It gave a sense of familiarity to the place.

 

Week 5 Day 1

February 18, 2013

I took a picture of the stumps of wood that I usually stretch on after I finish a run. It was actually clean today because the rain has washed away some of the bird poop!

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