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1 down, 26 to go!
I just finished Run 1.1 of "Couch to 5K". Only 26 more runs to go!

For those that don't know, Couch to 5K is a 9-week interval training program designed to get people from "not a runner" to able to run a 5k race (winning is not important, finishing is). Each week consists of 3 runs of about 30 minutes that get more intense as the weeks progress.

Week 1 Run 1 (which I did at lunch) consists of 8 one-minute runs separated by walks of a minute and a half. I tried this on Monday and got half-way through and stopped (a combination of fatigue and a poorly chosen route. I was 2 blocks past home when I stopped). So, not counting Monday, I've done the program for 1 day.

Resting a day between runs is recommended, so I'm not going to do Run 1.2 tomorrow. My plan is to run on unambiguously initialed days and rest on days with ambiguous initials. There are 27 runs, so I've got a way to go.

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Great job! =D How do you feel after your first full run??

As time goes on, the more resistant to moving I become. The walk home is going to be unpleasant.

That's normal. Some days (today for example) my muscles hurt so much that the stairs are a chore. Epsom salt is pretty awesome and helpsI a lot for some people.

Believe it or not, it gets easier.

I know it gets easier. That's the whole point: making it get easier.

One of my coworkers is a runner -- or was until last fall when he ran the last 10km of an ultramarathon with a fractured ankle. With the pleasant weather he decided it was a good idea to start running again. After a mile, he said he remembered why people hate running. It'll get better for him, too.

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I'm using the "Get Running" iPhone app, which appears to be using the schedule at http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

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Then may I suggest the goal of a run together in October?

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