~Half done with C25k, goal check

Having completed week 4 of Couch to 5k, I am about half done.

And the pattern remains: if I run on the day after I do a P90 routine, it’s torturous.   Like, legs saggy and completely without energy after 90 seconds of running.  Now, I don’t know a damn thing about physical activity, but this sounds to me like my body is too busy repairing itself (“micro-tears” from exercise, etc.) to be ready for what is some of the most concentrated activity it’s been subjected to in 20 years.

So I have a bit of a dilemma.  On the one hand, I think a broader exercise regime is really important, more fun, and probably meets my overall fitness goal better (cardio AND strength).  On the other hand, I’ve got a fair bit of momentum with the running — plus, Eon’s doing it, and we both have signed up for a 10k with our neighbors.  So, social support/pressure there.   Result: apparent conflict!

So, naturally, the way to fit it in is to do the P90 on the same day that I do the running — to give my whole body maximum recovery time between workouts.  But that means carving out about 1.5 hours, 3 times a week.  I’ve tried doing this in the evenings, and it’s a disaster for my sleeping pattern.  But with taking the kids to school in the mornings, it’s hard to fit that in.  …And this method might not even work!

I suppose I could punt the P90 until after the 10k, and just focus on the running after all, and spend the other day only doing push-ups, or something hyper-focused on other parts of the body that wouldn’t impact my running endurance.

Or, option number 7 or whatever, I could just keep running week 4 runs until my body builds up enough endurance to handle it.  …But then I might run out of time to train up to run the full 10k distance.

No good answers.  But I’m pretty sure that if I do my P90 workout tomorrow (later this morning, really), then Week 5 day 1 will ABSOLUTELY KILL ME.  Perhaps I’ll take an 2nd day off between weeks (a “weekend”, as it were).  But that’s not sustainable.  Blargh.

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