Archive for July, 2010
Week One of my experiment in a non-sedentary lifestyle is done. Here are my thoughts so far.
- I’m not in very good shape. In and of itself, not a surprise, but I was surprised to see just how much. Alternating just 60 seconds of running with 90 of walking has been taking a lot out of me. I plan on doing the Week 1 Workout next week as well, and I imagine that things will probably get better.
- What happened between July 19 and 21‽ I’m guessing that it’s the post-run hunger mentioned in the comments on the last post, but somehow I managed to gain four and a half pounds in two days (and lose it in the same amount of time). I’m gonna call this one a statistical anomaly for now.
- Wearing my sunglasses while the daystar is burning is essential. On days 1 and 2, I could barely see for all the squinting I was doing.
All in all, this has been a positive experience so far. I guess we’ll see what I have to say on September 24th, which is the day that will see me actually running 5k without a break, after factoring in the repeat of Week 1 next week.
Also, I’ve set up a set on flickr, keeping a chronicle of my post-run face. It’s more something for myself, to see if any noticeable change takes place as this goes on, but I figured that I’d share it with the series of tubes as well.
I am overweight. I’m not happy about it, but I acknowledge it. I’ll spare you the various levels of discomfort I’ve felt with the corpulence that I’ve lived with for pretty much my entire life, though, since that’s not the point of this post. What is the point is that I’ve decided to change this particular bit of reality. I’ve been working over the past few months to improve my diet (with varying levels of success: my big victory has been in the increase of real food I’ve been eating, as opposed to highly processed crap), and now I’m taking the plunge and starting to exercise.
This has been a long time coming, I’ll be the first to say, and to give myself a regimen, I’ve decided to go with the Couch to 5k plan. Basically, get me running, and all the other chips will fall into place like the perfect ouse of cards. Checkmate.
Today was the first day of this glorious 9-week push, and as one can see from the photo on the right, it wore me out. I’m likely going to do the first week twice, just to ease myself into things, considering that I could barely complete what is admittedly a really, really easy workout.
Seriously. Run for a minute then walk for a minute and a half. Repeat 8 times. Not hard, Dave.
Of course, it wouldn’t be me doing this if I didn’t find a way to geek it up. So here’s how I’ll be using technology to help. Firstly, I’ve started a really basic spreadsheet on Google Docs, where I’ll be tracking the data from weigh-ins via Wii Fit. Second, I’ve found a helpful podcast that was designed to work with the c25k program, with handy vocal prompts for when to change pace. Third, once I manage to find one (outside of the “sport kit” which would be 15-25 dollars more for a receiver I don’t need), I’ll be adding a Nike+iPod sensor to my new running shoes.
So that’s where I stand right now. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to shower.