This morning I finished W2D1 (Week 2, Day 1). I picked up the C25K (Couch to 5K) routine again after finishing this ten years ago. Back then the program helped me eventually in running my first half marathon: the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in San Jose, CA. Three weeks ago I got triggered to pick up running again and since I was successful in the past why not give it another shot? It’s not just picking up running; it’s changing my lifestyle. Having a desk job doesn’t help your overall fitness.

I made a promise to a friend of mine (who got into running a year ago) that we are going to run the Rotterdam marathon together. Having a goal always helps me to get motivated. Same as I did ten years ago. Once you register for a race or event, it’s becoming real. Not sure which edition we’re going to run, but I’m aiming for 2020.

So here we are. Just got into week two. I am building up my stamina with some basic interval training. I’ll keep you posted!

Finished W2D1. . . . #C25K #cardio #running #treadmillworkout #treadmill

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End of week 2

I finished W2D3 of the C25K last Thursday. I’m allowing myself more rest days in between runs. I’m afraid I’ll injure myself (which happened in the past a few times). This time I’m going slow and steady. Losing weight and gaining strength is not a sprint. It’s a long distance run.

So what else happened? Well, my Apple Watch broke. The faceplate came off due to a swollen battery. Apple knows about this problem and extended the warranty with two more years. The extended warranty didn’t apply to me. The guy at the store was helpful but not the outcome I was hoping.

I got myself some superglue and glued the thing together. I wonder how long it will last. At least it’s working again. I missed this piece of technology around my wrist. Should be saving money for a Garmin forerunner 935. But it’s not going to happen soon as I’m eyeing to purchase a road bike!

I’ve been looking online at different road bikes. Just a simple bike to start cycling and I’ve got my eye on a Canyon Endurance 6.0 or a Rose Pro SL. Not sure which one to purchase yet but both companies have a great store in Germany. It’s a two-hour drive but worth it. The will do a proper fitting which is a big plus. Once my tax money is my account, it’s bike time!

I’ll keep you posted for week three. Should start W3D1 on Sunday.



Treadmill vs. running outside

Ah yes. The treadmill discussion. People ask me all the time why I’m running on a treadmill rather than running outside. Well, different reasons. Let me start with the practical one: I’m a father of two. Having kids is no walk in the park (no pun intended) and taking care of them starts at 07:15 AM and ends at around 20:00. After 20:00 I’m not doing any workouts. I have a fulltime job as well so the best time for me to run is early in the morning. Usually, I get up at 05:00 AM. Grab a banana, drink some water, and I’m off to the gym. Luckily it’s only 500 meters from where I live. So I start my workout at 05:30 AM. At this time it’s dark outside. Especially with winter coming it’s just pitch black. That’s reason number 1 I’m running on a treadmill. For now. Once the days are getting longer, and the sun comes up early I plan to do my runs outside.

Ten years ago when I started running for the first time, I was an outdoor runner. California has a better climate for running anyways, and I enjoyed it. Here in the Netherlands, it’s getting cold and windy. I don’t mind running in the rain. It’s the cold I can’t stand. My muscles hurt with every step and it takes a long time before warming up — reason #2 for running on a treadmill.

Running on a treadmill has its downsides as well. It’s boring. For now, I can manage 30-minute runs, but I couldn’t run a full hour on a treadmill I think…