For the uninitiated, C25K stands for “Couch to 5K”, which evokes the image of a gentle program where you’ll slowly and gradually evolve from a fat TV-watching toadstool into a lithe marathon sprinter.
I had my doubts about the whole thing because I was burned pretty badly by the whole Y2K experience, you know when the calendar hit 2000 and all the computers and ATMs were supposed to go kablooey. I was so afraid that my laptop was going to get the Millennium Bug that I took a hammer to it and destroyed it myself. I’ll go ahead and admit that that was a bad call on my part…
So it was with a sense of apprehension that I approached C25K. Truthfully, I expected Day One of the program to skew toward the “Couch” part of the equation. After all, this is something geared at beginners, isn’t it?
Here’s kind of what I was expecting…
- DAY ONE – Stay on the couch for four hours, but make certain you do not fall asleep during the entire time.
- DAY TWO – Stay on the couch and watch a television show about running.
- DAY THREE – Walk down to the mailbox and back. Get on the couch and take a nap.
- DAY FOUR – Rest day.
- DAY FIVE – Walk for one minute, think about running for one minute.
- DAY SIX – Nap day.
- DAY SEVEN – Egg neighbor’s house and run away as fast as you can. Walk for thirty seconds. Nap on couch.
Running for a minute at a time? And those 90-second walking intervals that incorporate alien “fast-forward” time technology so that they only last 15 seconds or so? And the street where I run only comes in miles, not kilometers. What do I do about that? Huh? Huh?
I guess for the time being, I’ll just take it all in stride…