Well, this is a monumental day! I did Week 2 Day 1 of the Couch to 5k program today and I finished it! I think this workout is actually slightly easier and more motivating. The first week is 60 second runs and 90 second walks in intervals. Week 2 is 90 second runs and 2 minute walks. I feel much more of the burn and I don't feel the sort of painful aching that I was getting in my calves. Actually, every time I'd run it would help stretch my calves out so I'd look forward to the run interval. When I finally got back to their house my legs felt like jello. Once I sat down and stretched I could barely get back up again. My legs still feel this way several hours later actually. I've also decided that the insoles that lady footlocker recommended are a must. I wasn't running as long before so my knees really didn't take the hit they took today. I can tell that they're bending in because of where I feel the pressure and I need more arch support. I was really hoping to avoid having to break in insoles, but I'd rather my feet hurt than my knees.
I did my run in my grandparents neighborhood in southeast Portland. If you don't know the area, it's mostly flat and the houses are general ratio of one really nice cute house to about 4 trashy mess houses. I realized though that I enjoyed the distraction of looking at all of the different houses and plants and things and it really helped keep my mind off how hard I was puffing. It didn't hurt that I took a wrong turn so I couldn't end my run early either haha! I think I might try to have my weekend runs be in different neighborhoods or trails so that I get a change of scenery.
The one horrible downside to this feat is that I didn't realize my iPod wasn't tracking it until the second run interval! So I'm probably missing about 8 minutes and half a mile from my workout summary. This sucks so bad because this is the best workout I've done so far! Oh well. I guess I'll just have to do it again on thursday so that I have proof.