Well, calling myself a workout queen might be a bit much. How about a workout queen wannabe?
To tell the truth, lately I’ve been better at better at working out than blogging – which might not be saying much. Sorry.
It’s just that I have too much and not enough to say. And then there’s the time thing. But to mention that again, I risk being the whiny workout queen wannabe.
Switching Running Routines
I’ve switched 5K training routines. I was getting too mad at myself for running so slowly with the Couch to 5K program.
The 20 to 22 minute mark – running without stopping for that long – really threw me. I just couldn’t do it without going slow. We’re talking about what would be a fast walk to many people. And I want to go fast or at least faster.
As a result, I downloaded this Jeff Galloway Ultimate 5K app to my new iPhone. (Oh, yeah, enough sour grapes with my Blackberry. I gave in and finally upgraded. Now I’m swimming in really cool apps. It’s awesome. No regrets.)
You can choose between doing Galloway’s workout the beginner way (my way) and the more advanced way for people who can actually run and just want to increase their speed.
The Good, the Very Good and What I Like
I started with the app at Week 6, approximately where I was with C25K and here’s what I liked:
- The very good thing: I finally hit the four-mile mark. Take that you lousy voice in my head that tells me “I think I can’t. I think I can’t.” You’re like the Little Engine That Can’t.
- The less good thing: It took a long time. See, this app has you alternate running at least six miles per hour and walking at three miles per hour – switching back and forth every minute. So I had to go for nearly an hour.
- The thing I really like: I can run much faster when I know I’m only running for a minute. Not sure if that is good or bad, but I figure if I do it often enough, it will eventually add up to me running faster for longer. And I like that idea.
Then, there’s the other cool thing. This app will take your downloaded music and slightly tweak the beats per minute to make them match your pace. I haven’t used it enough to tell how good it is at this, but I like the idea.
All-in-all, the app so far has been worth the $4 I spent on it.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll write about watermelon workouts.