When I left work today, I realized my gas light was on.  By the time I got to the gas station, there was only 10 miles left until E! A little too close for comfort if you ask me.

Yes, it’s 90 degrees at 5:15pm in April!  I recently got a new car because I drive almost 50 miles to work one way and my old car was killing me on gas.  This car has a 12.4 gallon tank and I got almost 400 miles out of this last tank.  Awesome!

After my post this afternoon, I decided I was going to start the Couch to 5k program over from the beginning.  I still had the app downloaded on my phone from the last time I attempted the program.  It’s now called Ease into 5k and it’s a Bluefin app if you’re looking for it on your iPhone or Android.  Why is a program like this suggested?

It is designed for people who are just taking up running.

  • You alternate between walking and running until you build strength
  • It is an 8 week long plan
  • You workout 3 times a week, ideally with breaks between days
  • Each workout session is from 25-40 minutes long (including a 3 minute warm up and a 5 minute cool down)

Week 1 Day 1: Start with a 5 minute warm-up then repeat 3 times the following intervals:

  • Run 30 seconds
  • Walk 45 seconds
  • Run 45 seconds
  • Walk 60 seconds
  • Run 60 seconds
  • Walk 90 seconds

Cool-down with a 5 minute walk.

Week 2 has you running a bit more than walking and so on for a total of 8 weeks. The goal is to get you running 30 minutes straight, roughly 5K.

Why do I need an app for that?

Of course, you can do it without an app, by keeping the time yourself or by downloading a 5K podcast. However, this app enables you to listen to your ownmusic while it gives you audio cues when to switch from walking to running. It also has some other pretty cool features as well:

  • In app music player – enables you to change tracks without leaving the app (this feature requires iPhone OS 3.0 or greater)
  • Works with Nike+
  • Configure additional audio cues – like “halfway point”, so you know when to turn back
  • Keeps track of your progress – so you always know which workout is next
  • Journal your workout thoughts – document the weather, how you felt, and terrain. Add your own comments in the notes box.
  • Facebook and Twitter right from the app – your friends will want to motivate you on your journey and you’ll want to feel accountable too. (source)

So, I completed W1D1 of EI5k.

I stopped to talk to my sister and forgot to stop my Garmin, so that time isn’t correct, but I did end up with just over 2 miles.  Because there wasn’t a whole lot of running involved, I’m going to do W1D2 tomorrow.  As the running becomes more difficult, I will most likely incorporate a rest day.

When I got home, Dane was working on dinner.  He made meatballs out of ground turkey, mashed sweet potatoes/carrots and roasted asparagus.  It was really good!

I had some leftover coffee from this morning, so I made an iced coffee after dinner. I’ve been loving Almond Milk in my coffee lately.

Laundry and baseball are on the agenda for this evening.  Yay for baseball being back!!  🙂

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Have you done Couch to 5k/Ease into 5k or another training program?

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