Couch to 5K

On Monday, I started a new fitness program called Couch to 5K. I found out about the program from one of Brandice’s post on Facebook and her blog.

The premise of the program is to take anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers or 30 minutes in just 9 weeks. The program gently introduces the body to moving by alternating between walking and running small distances, and slowly building up until after 8 weeks, you’re ready to run 5 kilometers or 30 minutes non stop.

To aid in the program, there are several iPhone apps that can be downloaded from the App Store. I use this particular C25K App(opens iTunes). The App is pretty simple to use. You setup your play list and then just start the program. You’ll get vocal notifications to “run” and “walk” and before you know it, you’ve completed the days session.

I finished my first week of the program this evening and I’m feeling pretty good. So far, I’ve used the treadmill for the program which probably explains why my legs aren’t hurting. I think this weekend I’ll hit the pavement. Hopefully the hard concrete won’t cause any soreness and pain.

I’m really looking forward to the next 8 weeks and seeing where this takes me. With Brandice and Drew also doing the program, I know I’ll have a good support system to help motivate me during those difficult days when I don’t feel like running.


Today, I planned on going back to the San Diego Wild Animal Park but changed my mind at the last minute. By 10am this morning, the sun was shining and the temperature was in the mid to high 60’s and I knew I wanted to be at the beach instead. So I went to Walmart, bought a beach chair and towel, packed a small cooler with ice, drinks and treats, sprayed on some sunscreen and laid out at the beach in front of our condo. Believe it or not, this was the first time since moving down to Carlsbad that I actually laid out on the beach and just chilled.

Here’s to more days like this…
beach(Taken with the iPhone)

Skype For the iPhone/iPod Touch

This past Monday, the long rumored Skype App for the iPhone and iPod Touch was released on the App Store. The app is a free download and in my opinion is a solid initial release.

To use the voice feature of the App, you need to be connected to a WiFi Network. From my limited use of the app, the quality of the connection is pretty good. Just like the desktop version, this will really depend on the Wifi network you are on. Even with my crappy internet connection at home (2MBp down), I still had a good connection while testing it out with fellow skyper Corey Harris. You can make a call on the Skype app via the standard head piece, the speakerphone or the wired headphones. Unfortunately, it does not work with bluetooth. Hopefully that will be available in a future release.

Just like the desktop version, Skype to skype calls are free and skype to landlines and mobiles can be made for a small rate.

For the chat feature, you can send an IM while connected to Edge, 3G, WiFI or GPRS. You can also receive IM’s as long as the app remains open.

Below are a few screenshots of the Skype Application.