off the couch…

A couple weeks ago I posted this, about my quest to get off the couch and finally learn to truly run!  Using the Couch to 5K method to train myself to run a 5K.  On a side note I feel like everyone I know is doing this program now.  2010 must be the year to run!

Anyway, I tried numerous times to get outside and run, but I’d only make it about 15 minutes into the 30 minute workout and my skins/calves would hurt so bad I could barely move.  My third try I actually thought I was going to have to call someone to pick me up and drive me the 3/4mile home, I was in tears my legs hurt so bad.  What the heck!  I was stretching, I was doing the 5 minute warm-up, I even tried wearing different shoes.  I was almost certain I was gonna be a failure before even starting the program!

Well folks, today I decided maybe a treadmill would be better (although I wasn’t looking forward to having to hit the speed button a trillion times) so today I went down to the humble gym in my condo building and got on the treadmill and I am happy to say that after about 5 tries I finally completed Day 1 of the Couch to 5K program.  Hallelujah!!   I even did some squats & lunges with weights, along with arms and crunches, then I came home and ate an orange and almonds for my lunch/mid-day snack.

I’ve read places that you have to repeat things at least 20 times to make them habit, so consider this day one of working out and eating healthy.  19 more days to go.

I also bought myself a used 10speed road bike last week (which is still int he trunk of my car), but as soon as I get a lock and helmet I’ll be hitting the path in front of my house on that thing as well.  I would normally forgo the helmet, because i look ridiculous in them, but I think my lifetime concussion count is nearing double digits so better be safe than sorry.

2 thoughts on “off the couch…

  1. Hey lady! I am so proud of you! It is the year of running. All the magazines and websites are discussing it! I am so happy to finally be fitting into a trend that is healthy for one to do…

    I have one major resource I use when I run into “hicups” along the training, so know that you’re not alone in some of the discomforts.

    I hope you are feeling better and are hitting up the gym today!!

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