Friday, August 26, 2011
I have been using Sparkpeople.com for some time now without ever taking part into the "community" aspect of it. But now that I have fallen off the wagon...AGAIN...and regained a bunch of weight (although I attribute a lot of it to my 6 weeks convalescence post-surgery), I need a kick in the butt to finally reach my goal. I will use this tool to its fullest now. It can't hurt.
I consider myself to be somewhat athletic, due to my childhood my body responds rather quickly to a training regimen. The thing is, although I was an athletic child (soccer, basketball, volley-ball, track&field, figure skating, tennis...wow the list goes on), I always had an issue with endurance. I was a sprinter and the long distance runs always gave me issue. For a while now, when picturing the me I want to be, I would picture myself as this morning-jogger type woman that does 5K runs in the morning like a breeze. Well I have finally decided to work towards that goal.
I have started to jog. Outside, in my neighborhood. I was always too afraid of what others would think of me to actually go out there. Still, one day I put my shoes on and walked out that door, with that fear still in me, I started to walk. Then, I started to jog, and I couldn't help but smile. I was actually doing this! That sense of achievement followed me for the whole day. I wanted more of that feeling. That is where the C25K program came in.
This morning, I completed the first week of the C25K program. I'll admit that, although it wasn't easy, it was definitely not too hard for my level of fitness. My competitive side pushes me to always want to beat my previous performance, so I kept it challenging. I realize though that I will need to pace myself when the runs will start getting longer, but I can't wait to get to the harder weeks!!!!!