Okay folks, here’s the truth. Couch to 5K is kicking my ass. C25K is a bully. It jumped me out back by the dumpster after school. It stole my lunch money. It makes me carry its books. It wears a raccoon hat.
I completed week 2 today. Week 2 is alternating 1.5 minute runs and 2 minute walks. By the end of my 90 second runs, my heart rate is in the high 170’s and I don’t feel like I can do anymore. So, in week 2 this has been fine, because just when I feel like I need to stop running, the lovely man on my C25K iphone app says “walk now” and I want to make out with him through the phone.
So, week 2 is done and it’s time to move on to week 3. Week 3 is 90-second jog, 90-second walk, 3-minute jog, 3-minute walk, repeat. If my heart rate is up in the 170’s after 90 seconds, I really don’t know if I should keep running for another 90 seconds.*
My plan is to start week 3 and see how it goes. If I don’t feel safe running for 3 minutes straight, I’ll repeat week 2 then try week 3 again. Lather, rinse, repeat. Eventually, I should get into shape enough to run 3 minutes without my heart feeling like it’s going to beat out of my chest.
- Laps completed: 8.8
- Average Speed: 4.4
- Average Cal/Hour: 441
- Average Min/Mile: 13:38
- Average HR: 153
It occurred to me today that the average HR measurement must be off, becuase I only hold the HR sensors when I’m walking. So after running, I grab the sensors and hold on for dear life to record my HR, then I let go when it’s time to run again. I need to get a new battery for my Polar HR monitor, so I get an accurate average.
*Let me say for anyone who is wondering, I have been to the cardiologist. I have had stress tests and echocardiograms, and everything looks normal. I just get an elevated HR when I exercise.
Here’s the deal. I’m not the world’s biggest tofu fan, but I like eating it for health reasons and am trying to incorporate it into my weekly menus. If I had prepared this without looking at the reviews, I probably would have given it 4 stars. Not amazing, but worth making again.
Unfortunately, I did read the reviews. This recipe has 4.5 stars on AllRecipes, 579 written reviews, and over 17,000 saves. The reviews all say things like you won’t believe you’re eating tofu, you’ll think you’re eating chicken, blah blah. Well let me tell you, I could tell I was eating tofu, and it tasted like tofu. So having read the reviews and expected to taste something that tasted like chicken, it felt more like a 3-star meal to me. Nonetheless, I will make it again, because as far as tofu goes, it was quite tasty. Plus, I made a sandwich out of the leftovers today, which was super delicious.
Leftover Tofu Parmigiana on sprouted bread from Trader Joe’s.
Do you like tofu? What is your favorite recipe? (Link!)
Words of encouragement for C25K are always welcome!