I have been thinking about doing couch to 5k for months now but today I finally downloaded the first podcast and I just did it.
The first run after 5 minutes of brisk walking was terrible! Then the next few runs alternated between being surprisingly easy and horrifyingly exhausting. I wasn't even running fast and when I walked I couldn't manage a "brisk" walk, more of a slow panting stagger!
I keep seeing all these people saying "I'm a fat 50 year old man who hasn't done any exercise for 30 years and I am surprised how easy it is!"... But I'm a normal-weight, 21 year old girl and I felt like I was about to collapse or have a heart attack for most of that podcast... I know I have never exercised much but I didn't think it would be that hard : ( When I finally finished I looked in a mirror and my entire face and chest was bright red.
I can't believe I have to do this two more times this week if I want to keep up with the program. I feel like just giving up because my body doesn't seem cut out for it. On the other hand it makes me think I should try harder because maybe I can train my body to become stronger. I feel like my heart is not working as well as it should be at my age : ( I did feel really happy when she said "you've run for 8 minutes in total!" but after the whole ordeal I'm in a pretty negative mood right now. *Sigh*