I am not, nor will I possibly ever be an avid runner.
But I know that I need to up the amount of cardio that I do (which, as of a few weeks ago was about the level of “My heartbeat speeds up when I watch a scary movie.”) and ever since I made the decision to get healthy with weight-loss as a side-effect, I knew that I would eventually have to incorporate exercise into that.
I’ve fought with Jillian and her so-called 30-Day Shred.
I’ve cried when Tony Horton pranced around like a poodle on crack telling me what a great job I’m doing and I can barely do one pull-up.
I’m too poor (and frankly, too realistic) to buy a gym membership.
I was almost desperate enough to buy a Richard Simmons video.
But I decided to start running.
I’ve casually run before. Like when my kids threaten to eat the last cookie and I have to race them to the kitchen. Or when I did that 5K for boobies.
But I’ve never really been able to stick with any sort of exercise program.
Obviously. This fact is what necessitated the change.
But over a year ago, several of my online friends were discussing an app called Couch to 5K. The point is that it gets you from the couch to running a 5K in 8 weeks. Which is kind of perfect for me because I do want to get healthy but I’m not in an incredible rush to run a marathon or anything.
A couple of weeks ago, I finally downloaded the free version. I only downloaded the free version because, while I love my husband very very much, he might be the cheapest man on the plant and he didn’t want me to spend $1.99 on the full-version until I tried this one out to see if I would actually stick with it.
So I tried it.
And? It’s interesting . . .
I can play iTunes while the program is running which is a must because I run like a 2,000 pound elephant and I don’t need a reminder of that.
Plus, I like to listen to really angry Eminem while I run.
I find that it relaxes me.
But the premise of the C25K is that is works you up to be able to run a full 5K. So the first day you have a 5 minute warm-up. Followed by multiple intervals of 1-minute running/1.5 minutes walking and then finally a 5-minute cool-down.
One of my favorite things about the app is when it’s time to run, it turns down your iTunes and a little ding! comes on and a very soothing voice says, “Start running”. Then the iTunes turn back up and before you know it, you have run for a full-minute with “Back that Ass Up” pushing you forward.
So last week I did really well. I ran all 3 days (like the programs suggests) but then Friday night I got waylaid by a nasty stomach bug courtesy of mini-me (Adrianna, I mean. Not Vern Troyer. Although THAT would be one helluva blog post, no?). Even after feeling mostly better on Sunday, I was afraid to chance it because there is this thing called Runner’s Trots.
And I kinda already had that courtesy of my stomach bug.
And I didn’t really want to shit my pants.
So yesterday I felt like I was in the safe-zone so I decided to chance it.
I packed my running clothes, picked Brock up from daycare, sent Adrianna to dance class and went to my parents’ house.
Brock played with my parents while I ran.
Even though it was cold.
And I was running into the wind.
And I forgot to pack a t-shirt so I had 2 sports bras (curse you, breastfeeding!) and my hoodie which nearly made me freeze, initially. But then I got a pretty good sweat going so I warmed up fairly quickly.
And I forgot to pack my ear warmers (thank goodness for the hood on the hoodie!).
And I forgot to pack gloves so I tucked my hands inside my sleeves.
Even though all of those things were trying to persuade me not to run, I did it.
I ran/walked 3 miles and I hated almost every second of it.
I was incredibly proud of myself that I actually did it.
And getting up off the couch is step #1.