Now, I am running 3 minutes, walking 2 minutes (repeat). I want to build the running time until I get to running 8-9 minutes, walking 2 minutes. Eventually I hope I can run for a solid 30 minutes. That seems really far away right now, but it's amazing how my body is already responding to this training. Running for 2 minutes is really easy now, and running for 3 minutes is getting easier. Soon, I'll be moving up to 4.
I was using a stopwatch to time my running and walking minutes, but this week I had a flash of inspiration. I searched through our itunes list for songs that were 3 minutes and 2 minutes long. It's really amazing how many songs are right at 3 minutes! I made a playlist alternating six 3 minute songs with six 2 minute songs for a 30 minute workout. Instead of staring at the stopwatch I knew to run one song and walk the next.
Here are some of the awesome 3 minute running songs I used:
Brown-Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Hard to Handle by The Black Crowes
After Midnight by Eric Clapton
Get Off of My Cloud by Rolling Stones
Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix
There are tons of songs about 3 1/2 minutes or 4 minutes long so when I am ready to run longer I can make a different playlist to use. When I get up to running 6 minutes at a time, I can run for two songs, walk for one.
While I'm typing I might as well admit that it's embarrassing for me to say that I am only running 3 minutes at a time. I tend to compare myself to others and wonder why I can't run for a solid 3 miles when it seems so easy for someone else. But when I start to think that way I try to remind myself that I have only been running about 5 times...after a decade of no exercise. It is already getting easier, so I just have to be patient with myself.