So, guess who went running twice today?
This morning I woke up at 5:30 am (ahhh!), forced myself out of bed and out the door for a run.
In the dark. And I didn’t love it as much as I look like I am loving it, but I have a really hard time not smiling in photos… My forehead has a really hard time not being shiny, also.
But it wasn’t bad, and I completed about 4.5k in just under 28 minutes. And of course afterwards I felt goooood! I find that running in the morning makes it easier to be on the go for the rest of the day. I have more energy, and don’t mind being busy!
When I got home from work today, Ando was about to head out on a run of his own, so he asked me if I wanted to come along. I’m not sure why…but I said yes.
Which takes me into running apps.
Ando used to run a lot, and he was my running buddy when I was first starting out…but when I started to get more seriously into running, he got out of it! The last time he really ran was with me on my practice 5k.
Though running comes fairly easy to him (I am always jealous of boys about this, because it does NOT come easy to me), he gets bored pretty easily and likes to have a goal to work towards to keep him into it. He also has hurt his knee in the past by running too fast too soon, so this time he is following a program to slowly build his endurance. He downloaded the Couch to 5k app on his phone to use while he is running.
If you are just starting out with running, I highly recommend using the Couch to 5k program, whether you use the app or not! C25k is designed to transform couch potatoes into runners by having them follow a three-day-a-week workout program for nine weeks. By the end of the nine weeks, you will be able to run a full 5k without stopping!
I am by no means an expert, however I used to want running to die, and now my feelings about it range from mild hate to almost love.
It transformed me, the biggest non-runner of all time, into a runner, so it is tickety-boo in my books.
When I was starting out with running, I wish I had known about this C25k app, because I think it would have been ridiculously helpful. I’m pretty sure you can get it on any smart phone, and the app lets you listen to your own music while giving you audio alerts according to the C25k intervals, telling you when to run and when to walk.
I used a timer to track my intervals when I was starting out with C25k and this would have been so much better!
In Andrewski’s case, I know he could already run 5k, but I also know he has trouble staying motivated (who doesn’t?) so I think this program will help him as well. When we used it today, he was only on the second day of the program, so it alternated between 120 seconds of walking and 60 seconds of running. We did about 4k in total and it was nice and relaxing, and we were able to catch up on our day during the walking intervals.
My Fave Running App
There are tons of apps for runners that track time, distance, pace, etc, and for anyone who is already a runner, you probably already have a fave. I want to share mine with you.
I have tried a few running apps, but RunKeeper has so far been my favourite.
It tracks my time and distance…
And breaks down my time per kilometre (splits)…
It also tells me how many calories I’m burning (though who knows if that’s correct or not), and my overall average time per kilometre.
Annnnd the GPS maps my route!
This route is from my 5k race. I am careful about posting information about my actual house location on the blog. I don’t want any stalkers!
You can also set your audio cues so that a little voice comes on while you’re running (if you want it to) and tells you how fast you’re going (or how slow you’re going, in my case).
And you can add a running playlist, coaching, and use it for other activities, like cycling.
This app keeps me motivated, because it saves all my runs and I can go back and compare my time and distance. I like it :).
Since this is a lengthy little post already, I’ll just share my dinner with you!
A frittata! This frittata includes onion, garlic, green pepper, and asparagus. I made it the same way I made my very first frittata, only with different ingredients. It was yummy, and good post-run food. I need to make these more often!
I’m out friends, have a great evening!
What is your favourite running app?