Well. I did it. I restarted the Couch To 5K program. Holy. Moly.
I have been going back and forth about starting. Was I ready? Could my leg and ankle handle it? Was I rushing things? Ultimately, I just had to suck it up and tell myself to try. So much of returning from injury is in the brain and the mind, and overcoming that can be just as difficult as rehabbing from the injury itself.
It was time for me to rip off the bandaid and go.
Sunday – 3.7 mile walk + PT Exercises
One of the benchmarks we talked about in PT was that I need to be able to balance on my injured leg, and hinge forward with the good leg extended behind me. Since my strength and balance is improving every day, I went for it, after my morning walk. Bam!
We enjoyed some biscuits and gravy from my favorite biscuit place, and little man made an obstacle course for Hufflepuff. She was not on board, but we thought it was awesome.
Monday – 2 mile walk + 30 Day Shred Level 1
My Monday plan was to start Couch 50 5K, but I woke up to crazy thunder and lightning. Of course, this made me incredibly anxious, because I wasn’t going to be able to get out for any kind of exercise, so I ended up finding an old video of 30 Day Shred.
The weather finally cleared, so I did manage a short walk in the evening, which made me feel better.
Tuesday – Couch to 5K W1D1 (3.5 miles total)
So now it was time. I got up on Tuesday and I went for it. Day 1 called for a five minute warm up and five minute cool down, with eight repeats of 1:00 running/1:30 walking. The first interval was awful. Nothing hurt, but nor did it feel right. I teared up as I went, without meaning to. Ugh. However, as each interval passed, it got easier and easier. Not ever totally easy, but doable. And once I saw that my ankle wasn’t going to shatter on impact, I was able to find a bit of a groove. Victory!
Wednesday – 3.83 mile walk + karate family fitness class
The day started with a great morning walk. I had a little knotting in my right calf, but nothing too notable. I just walked it out.
Since it was Earth Day, I also followed Judy’s Rainbow Scavenger Hunt idea, and found all seven colors.
Little man’s karate instructor has started hosting a family fitness class twice a week. We are all for supporting the dojo, so I hopped in with little man for the session. Lots of pushups and abs and all kinds of kicks and punches, but it was good sweat sesh and I hope we can do more.
By that point, I was pretty fitnessed out, and decided to take a moment for some “self-care.” Obviously, there are no salon manicures right now, so I bought some Color Street strips from my friend and attempted a home mani. It went surprisingly well, and I am happy to report that the strips are still in place about five days later. Much better and easier than polish.
Thursday – Couch to 5K W1D2 3.5 mile walk + 3 x 10 (shoulder press, bicep curl, chest fly, anterior raise)
The second day of Couch to 5K was not as terrifying. Am I saying it was easy? Nope. Not at all, but now that all my initial fears didn’t come to pass, it was just easier to get moving. I’m still a bit awkward as my body figures out what’s going on, but that’s ok. It was probably like this when I started the first time, too.
When I got home, I realized that I’ve been neglecting my upper arms, and put together a free weight circuit. Cross training needs to stay a priority.
That afternoon, little man entered a virtual teen/tween cooking challenge through our public library system. The challenge was to create a savory and sweet toasted sandwich. He created a grilled cheese made of colby jack, bacon (his favorite sandwich topping), and Brussels sprouts and spinach (two veggies he has never before put on a sandwich). The sweet sandwich was Nutella, strawberries and pears. He created the recipes, set up his filming area, did the cooking and prep work, and we acted as judges.
Truth? I want sautéed Brussels on my grilled cheese sammies from here on out.
In other news, it was National Picnic Day. I put together a light meal of antipasto kabobs and blueberry lemonade, but it ended up being too windy to eat outside. Boo.
Friday – 3.26 mile walk + 3 x 10 (shoulder press, bicep curl, chest fly, anterior raise)
Mr Pug Runner joined me for my walk in the morning, which was a nice treat.
Saturday – Couch to 5K W1D3 (4.16 miles total) + 3 x 10 (shoulder press, bicep curl, chest fly, anterior raise)
Saturday morning came and I headed out for my third session of Couch to 5K. It went well, and I went farther and faster than my prior two outings. It was a really good feeling to have gotten this far.
Week 1 of Couch to 5K is now complete! Time to take a few days of just straight walking to recover before I get back to it on Tuesday!
We got our vegetables and the farm. The ice cream truck paid a visit to our street, which was a nice way to break things up.
And we got some take out and drinks for dinner and sat outside to enjoy it. It was nice way to end the Saturday.
Goal achieved!!!! I am so excited! To be honest, I feel good. I was worried about soreness and pain afterwards, but I really haven’t had much of either. There is definitely some weakness in my right hip and glute, but I can take care of that and work more on my strength. Easy peasy.
On to Week 2.
This week we have a big 12th birthday to celebrate, and I can’t wait to share that all with you. I hope we can make it extra special, regardless of everything going on.
Oh, and as an aside, we joke a lot about kids when parents are working from home, but we had to take some drastic measures with the pugs, too.
How was your week in training?
Have you used to Couch to 5K program?