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C25K Time!

  • Aaron F.
   Last year I got my blood work done for my yearly check up.  I’m healthy, never sick, blood pressure is good, however my cholesterol was not.  It was high at 260 with my LDL at 194.  At that time, I was able to locate problem areas for food that I eat.  I love fries, pizza, the normal delicious foods in life.  So for a year, I watched what I ate, still having those things but not nearly as much as I would have normally consumed.  I went in for this years check-up and it stayed the same.  The Dr. said that I have 5 months to lower my cholesterol, or i’d have to start taking “Statins”.  I’ve never been on a medication in the 35 years I’ve been alive, I’m not about to start now.
   So I spoke with my Dr. and told her what I eat regularly and what I don’t do regularly…or even at all… exercise.  I’m not a fat guy, but I’m out of shape and maybe 10-15 pounds overweight.  So now I have a goal.  I have 5 Months to get into better shape, and to move that LDL down.  The first thing I am going to do is a program my wife had heard a lot about, “C25K” (Couch to 5 K) an app for your phone that trains you over weeks to be able to run 5k without killing you.  A slow progression.  There are a bunch of apps for this, all offering free versions with limitations.  I decided to get the pay version.  It’s 1.99, its not going to kill you to cough up $1.99 to use an app for your $600.00 phone.  The pay version integrates GPS tracking so that it tracks how far you have gone and your speeds.
   I have finished two days of C25K so far and its going along nicely.  It’s kind of like having a trainer in your ear.  Instead of going for a run and killing myself randomly deciding how far to run, the app tells you what to do, so I don’t even have to think!  The cool part is, I can listen to whatever I want and the C25K app will just chime in when its time to change it up.  Definitely a cool app, I’m looking forward to seeing the progress.