As I mentioned in my Groupon Fun post, I'm going to be completing my first ever 5K at the end of May, the Color Me Rad run, courtesy of Groupon and a my also adventurous and fun loving friends. But it's not like I could just get up one day and run 3.1 miles. Especially considering how I've put my workouts on the back burner the last few weeks.
In an effort to not completely embarrass myself at Color Me Rad, I've begun a Couch to 5K program. Have you heard of them? Basically, they help you work your way up to being able to complete a 5K. You follow the workouts 3-5 times a week and you build up the stamina to finish this distance run, or at least be able to job the whole thing. I pinned a few different ones before I realized that I needed something a little easier than a random image from the internet. So off to the Google Play store I went.
I looked for a free C25K app and read reviews on the first few listings. I wanted one that would allow me to listen to music while running, because otherwise, it'd be pretty boring. I also wanted something simple and easy to follow. I chose C25K - 5K Trainer FREE by Zen Labs. It has prompts letting you know when to walk or run, telling you the halfway point in your run and keeping track of how many of your weekly workouts you have completed. I'm able to put on Pandora and hear the notifications through my music.
So far, I completed the first week of running. But then I had an event on Saturday and was still recovering Sunday, so... I'm restarting. It was difficult to get started, I won't lie, but not as terrible as I expected. It makes me happy to think that this will be something I'm able to accomplish after all, and I'm happy to work towards that goal. I'll keep you updated on my progress and I hope you'll check out this app or other ways to get your fitness in.