Zombie 5k Week Four

See My Experience with All The Weeks Here:

This week takes more time - plan accordingly!  With the C25k workouts were all about the same length - around 30 minutes.  With Zombie 5k, you need to leave yourself about an hour for some of the work outs.  47 minutes for today.

The walking surprised me, as well as only 30 second run drills.  I'm not complaining - I don't know that I could do much more than this at this point, and I'm certainly not running the entire 15 minutes - not even half of that - at the end.  The two sets of drills do make this work out feel a lot longer, and it IS longer, but it's still not tedious.  I love this format.

It's amazing how difficult the walk fast drills are.  I'm using different muscles when doing this, and I'm feeling it.

Adding knee lifts, instead of heel lifts, this week:

Check out the temperature!  61 degrees in July.  I love it.
Pace is 18.3 by math, I still don't know how the pace is figured in this app.

Day One
Loving the lower temps and lack of real humidity this week.
But I need to carry my inhaler with me.
Today I had some blurred vision, light headedness...  I kept hearing the voice from the WiiFit - "Don't hold your breath, or you may raise your blood pressure".  I think that is what was happening.  I wasn't holding my breath, but I wasn't getting enough oxygen - I was wheezing like mad and having a lot of trouble getting air into my lungs.
I've been thinking I may need to make an appointment and see about a different prescription?  I have used this same brand inhaler for  a couple of years, maybe it's less effective?  Or maybe if I carried it with me and used it along the way....  I know, I know, it's just a pain to carry things!

Day Two
I did it!  I "run" the same path almost all of the time.  I have for a few years now.  In my head, I have the path broken into sections.  Today, for the first time, I jogged an entire section.  It's been a goal for me, but I just have not been able to do it until this morning.  This is a super short section.  I'm guessing it's about 1/5 of a mile.  Less than 1/4 of a mile.  But I did it.  The humidity is MUCH lower, and the temps are also lower, which help.

I still walked most of the free run session, but I jogged a bit at least, at the end.  I try to jog at least one full song, and then the chorus of any other songs that play, in this last 15 minutes.  For the first 3 minutes today though, I walked to catch my breath from the 30 second run drills.  

Today the program takes you out with Sam for the first part.  My husband is doing this program with me, but he's usually following me on the path, not where I am watching him.  Today when Sam was making fun of the knee lifts, Dan was laughing out loud..  and then for the last set I could see Dan doing them and I got it - it really does look funny.  :-)

Took my arm band off today at the end of this work out and thought once again that I really need to sew my own.  This one isn't quite big enough for my fat arms, and if I made my own I could add a pocket to carry my inhaler beside my phone.

Day Three

When I headed out to start day 3, I was having a miserable morning.  Then when I got to the canal, my bluetooth battery was dead and my headphones were not in the car.  I started about 2 minutes, and just turned around and went home.  I had so much to do that day, I was already overwhelmed and irritable.

It was Monday when I finished Week four.  And I started week five on Tuesday.  Back to back is not really a good idea for me, but it worked this week.

I loved how after meeting Runner 6 and having her do some of the work out with me, this installment was about saving her.  This app is SO well done, I'm continually impressed.

Compared To the C25K Program

Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
At no point have I ever been able to jog half a mile in 5 minutes.  Ever.  I certainly couldn't now.  But I am curious to try this and see how well I could do at this point..  I think the most I have jogged on a free run in the Zombie 5k program is 3 minutes straight.

Week Four
Week Six
Week Seven
Week Eight


  1. Congratulations on your 5K training. It isn't easy but you will be better for it in the end. #wowlinkup

  2. I tried this app for awhile and really liked it, although it was a little too much walking for me. Great progress! #wowlinkup

  3. Not breathing correctly is one of the things that I have to remind myself to do all the time!! As long as you are aware, that's a step in the right direction. I have the Zombies, Run on my phone. I already went through C2K and graduated. You totally can too! I remember thinking that same thing you did about being about to run 5 minutes straight. I never actually thought I could run 3 minutes straight. Keep up with it. I promise you won't regret it!!! #wowlinkup

  4. That's a cool app, I want to try that run pictured above but what is a free form run? Is that just running normally? #wowlinkup


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