Yes I have a Jillian Michaels tshirt...
I've posted before about my love of Jillian Michaels DVDs (I've reviewed 30 day shred, Ripped in 30, 6 week 6 pack and Killer Buns and Thighs, and I recently finished Extreme Shed and Shred) but recently I've wanted to mix up my workout schedule a bit. After watching my friend Eve complete the Great Manchester Run a few weeks ago I stupidly signed up for the 10K race next year.
Now let me explain. I hate running. Absolutely and utterly hate it. I like to think I'm relatively fit, but a few minutes of running and I'm done for. Which is exactly why I signed up for the race. Because I was so convinced I couldn't do it.
I've started Couch to 5K before but given up after three or four weeks due to just really hating it, but this time I have a deadline to work towards. I have to be able to do this. My 10K isn't until next May but I want to feel confident in my ability, and with the couch to 5K programme I hope to be able to complete a 5K by the end of September.
I got started again with C25K on Wednesday. I'd been growing bored of Extreme Shed and Shred (review to come) and it was a gorgeous day when I finished work. It was light and warm with a slight breeze and I thought, "this is it, I have to go for a run." So I got in from work, laced up my trainers and off I went. And it was lovely. The only problem was I didn't feel pushed. I didn't feel exhausted when it was over, so I knew then it wasn't enough.
C25K, in the initial stages at least, is mainly walking, and 30 minutes was just not enough. Plus they encourage you to only do the programme 3 times a week. After doing 40+ minute workouts 5 times a week I knew I wouldn't be able to have that extra scoop of ice cream if I dropped down to this, so I devised my own workout plan that includes C25K three times a week, plus additional strength and cardio.
My new workout schedule is:
- Couch to 5K three times a week, followed by the 30 Day Shred (switching up levels when necessary)
- Jillian's No More Trouble Zones once or twice a week for additional strength
I hope this workout is a good mix and helps me to push myself with running as well as build strength through additional cardio and strength training.
No More Trouble Zones is a fast-paced strength workout that takes almost an hour and I'm hoping it will be perfect for rest days from running to build muscle.
I'm only on the first week of my new schedule but I'm really excited about it! The current plan is to run once in the week and twice at the weekends (depending on the rain!) and try to fit in NMTZ twice in the week, but my running takes precedence over strength. Today was my first day doing C25K followed by the 30 Day Shred and I loved it! I was ready for more after my run but exhausted by the end!
I'd love to know what you guys think and hear about your workout plans!