1. I downloaded the Couch to 5K Running app.
I started this program (C25K) over the summer, and had a lot of success with it. I made it to week five or six before Joel got back from his deployment, and then dropped it like a bad habit. It got some glitch or something, so I deleted it off of my phone. Since I had that awful run time, I thought it was time to go back to the basics and start over. Week 1, Day 1 completed. Week 1 Day 2, to accomplish (hopefully) tomorrow.
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2. I bought a heart rate monitor.
Now, I don't know if this is total BS or what, but Joel listened to a fitness guru talk about how you should train your body within your target heart rate. I wore it for the first time when I did the above run, and at about halfway through it, I never got back down to my target heart rate. Now, I don't know what to really do about that, but I will be having a googlefest to try and figure out how to get back in my target heart rate while doing the C25K program. And while I don't have much experience with heart rate monitors, I have to say the one I bought was super comfortable to wear and program, so if you're looking for one, I would definitely think it's a good one for the basics.
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3. I hired a personal trainer.
Some might consider this cheating a bit, bit I'll be the first one to admit I need help. I bought some kettlebells for home and I have a yoga DVD, but I find that I never want to do them. I would much rather go to a yoga or exercise class. I know trainers cost an arm and a leg, but there is a fellow milspouse that does personal training on base for much less than normal gyms start at. I know where I am weak at, and that's pushing myself. But, I am excellent at staying on a schedule, so having her there for accountability will be the push that I believe I will need in the beginning. My first meeting with her is on 22 January. I hope I'm ready!
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