miserable after Day 1 of Couch to 5k on the floor.

Run with Me: C25k Series Week 4

Back in the saddle

Week 4… was terrible. I disliked most of it until I suddenly didn’t.
The first day was really tough. I actually had to take a walking break in both of the 5 minute stretches on W4D1. It didn’t help that the temperature was in the 90s and the humidity was in the 1000s. The humidity is a slight exaggeration, but it really felt terrible. I even felt bad for my dog. I dragged her for the last half mile on Day 1. She, like me, had no idea how long 5 minutes was. So here is the summary.

Week 4 consisted of the following:

  • 5 minute warm up walk
  • 3 minutes of jogging
  • 90 seconds of walking
  • 5 minutes of jogging
  • 2.5 minutes of walking
  • 3 minutes of jogging
  • 90 seconds of walking
  • Another 5 minutes of jogging
  • Cooldown

If that sounds like a lot, it definitely felt like a lot.

The Results:

  • Day 1- 1.95 miles. 308 calories burned…95 degrees. I think the temperature is why I burned more calories per mile on this day. It was really really rough.
  • Day 2- 2.24 miles. 305 calories burned. 85 degrees.
  • Day 3- 2.01 miles. 321 calories burned. 82 degrees.

I’m not sure why my calories burned is so high on day 3. It really felt great on this day though. I was literally dreading it before I went out. I had taken about a week off because I had been feeling ill and the temperatures in the 90s were too daunting. As soon as it dropped below 85, I got back out there.

Sorry for my absence the past week, as I said, I am back in the saddle. I realized that I will have to make some kind of indoor modification to continue once the temperature keeps going up. I decided to find a treadmill modification for C25k and continue with the program at the gym on days that the heat is unbearable. That will also get me inside the gym to encourage additional exercises while I’m there.

Thanks for following along! If you are just checking in, check out my previous weeks in the links below-

Introduction, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.

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