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C25K March 29

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Continuing adding my facebook updates...

So, my run this morning...
I don't have any cool weather clothes, so I decided to hit the track at the Y again. I was still working on a headache from yesterday and I was exhausted. I really didn't want to be there. I wanted to be outside. I was at about 10% motivation, but I went.
The first five minutes is a walking warm up. There were 2 other people on the track. One was an older guy going at a pretty quick walking pace. He passed me on the first lap. In the back of my mind I competitively thought "Just give me 5 minutes..." I hit my first 4 minute run and started out at a slow jog, as I lapped OG he hollered at me, "SHOWOFF!" I laughed. My second time past him I shouted back, "A month ago I couldn't do this." OG: "OK. I'm impressed." From then on every running lap I passed him he shouted words of encouragement. When I had about 1 minute left in my 6 minute run, he was stretching by the door. "You're doing great. Keep it up." and he was gone. It was a little lonelier, but the echos of a complete stranger and his words of encouragement helped push my along the bleak gray and white that is the track.


C25K The Beginning.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

I've been posting Couch to 5K updates on my facebook account. I've generated a lot of interest among my friends and decided to share them here. I'm digging backwards through my time line and seeing what I did. I'll try to get them posted up here.

My first entry for C25K is January 24. Just a check in from foursquare... And then I started over with a new app in February. A couple of check ins in March complaining about how hot it was. Then posts about it being too cold and not having warm weather clothes. I know. Kind of boring now. I promise it will get interesting right about

March 25...

This morning I did Couch to 5K week 4. I have attempted C25K a couple of times in the past. This was the week that always did me in. I would get here and the entire run portion I would think, "Why the heck am I doing this? I HATE running. I've never been a runner. Why do I want to pretend I like it now?" And then I'd stop. I could never figure out why people LIKED to feel the way that I did when I ran. I felt like I was suffocating and hyperventilating at the same time. I was hot. I was red. I hated it.

Flash forward to this morning... I headed out on my run. I didn't look at what I was supposed to do. I just set my C25K app to "go" and started with the 5 minute walk. My plan was to walk to the local park (a half mile away), lap the parking lot a couple of times and then walk back. I got through the warm up and heard "RUN", so I ran. I looked at the app and saw 4 minutes, thought "Oh. S***." And ran (I ran so far away...) I was wondering how far around the lot I would lap before the 4 minutes were up and started to get that suffocating feeling again. So I exhaled. And exhaled. And exhaled some more. Then took a nice deep breath. And did it again. And I was all set to continue running for however much of my 4 minutes was up. I set my stride and heard, "WALK." My first thought was, "That's it? That was easy." And I walked for 2 minutes. Took a couple of super deep breaths right before, "RUN," and started running. Then I looked at my app. 6 minutes. "FUUUU!" I thought. "I'll never make 6 minutes." But I went anyway. Set my pace. And ran. At some point I heard a beep. I wasn't sure what it was and a little while later looked at my app. 2 min 11 secs to go in this set. Cleansing breaths... Running... Cleansing breaths... Running... Look at my app. 2 mins. 11 secs. to go. FUUUUUU! The beep was the app pausing. Fast forward to walk and I walked. I have no idea how long I had been running. I'm hoping it was 6 minutes. Could have been less. Could have been more. Walked for 2 minutes. And did my final 4 minute run. My previous runs on this route, I hit the end of my cool down a couple of blocks from home. This time, I had to walk past my house and up the hill, then come back down before my time was up.

And I felt good. No. I felt great. It was wonderful pushing my body further than I had before. If you had told me a year ago at the beginning of my year long adventure with Team Willness that today, I would do day 1 of week 4 of C25K and enjoy it, I would have chuckled and said, "not hardly." This has been a long year. Through ups and downs. Good workouts. Illness. Injury. Good eating. Bad eating. I highly doubt I could have gotten this far without the help of all of my Will-ness peeps. I didn't get to as many meetings as I would have liked, but I knew that I had their support. I also learned a lot about myself this year. Like that my body lies to me and tells me that it can't do something, when all I need to do is push myself a little farther and learn I can do it. That I'm stronger than I think I am. Physically, Emotionally, Mentally. That I LIKE pushing myself farther than I think I can. That I'm going to get through C25K. That I LIKE running...


Will-ness adventure Week 3

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Week 3 went swimmingly! All three goals met.
Next week is going to be a hard one for me. I'll be at a conference for three days, which typically means little sleep and not a lot of control over the food.
I'm going to leave my goals the same as week 2.
Not feeling too hot, so I'm headed to bed early.


Will-ness adventure Week 2

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I successfully completed all of my goals for my start of Will-ness. For my fitness I did some aerobics over lunch at work and a "learning belly dance" dvd thing at home.
I did great in logging my food as well. I'm concentrating on remembering to log it and actually start thinking about what I'm eating before I start calorie restrictions. I did stop myself from putting some stuff into my mouth because I didn't want to have to take the time to log it, so it did help in that sense.
The 5 mins of relaxation exercises didn't really go so well. I did the 5 minutes, but it's been so long since I've done it that I couldn't remember how to actually relax my body.
So, for the second week:
Fitness goal: 90 mins of dedicated exercise
Nutrition: log my food 5 out of 7 days.
Awareness: 5 mins of GUIDED meditation/relaxation. (Now to find an app for that)

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MAPGEEK 2/8/2011 4:22PM

    Actually there are several apps for that! Thanks for the encouragement!

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KSILANO 2/7/2011 3:49PM

    Jen - I don't doubt you could find an app for that! haha - Just need to get Ally (sorry if I spelled wrong)to meditate with you.
Good job with the food logging - really helps when you know you have to write it down afterwards. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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Starting my Will-Ness adventure

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

So, I have these crazy friends with all of these crazy ideas and big dreams. One of their dreams came true last summer when their non-profit theater company, Optimist Theatre, put on a production of The Tempest for free in Milwaukee. It was sold out. It was critically acclaimed. It. Was. Incredible. And expensive. (And they want to do it again. I know. CRAZY! This time they are doing Twelfth Night.)

Around mid-December, I got an e-mail from my friend, Susan, the managing director. She had an idea for a fundraiser and would I sponsor her? Her idea was a long-term fundraiser based on Wellness. She called it Will-ness. For William Shakespeare and for wellness. She wanted to lose 50 pounds and would I sponsor her for each pound lost? At first I thought, "Wow. Um, sweetie, I love you, but, um, that's kind of out there." Then I read about the program. And thought, "Wow. That's not crazy. That's brilliant. So brilliant in fact that I want to do it."

One of the nice things about it is that each particpant sets their own goals. Some are weight loss, some are minutes of exercise, some are nutrition. Whatever the particpant needs to work on to be healthier, as long as the goal is a measurable increment. The particpants have blogs, email their sponsors, go to group meetings and learn about taking care of themselves. Of being Well. Something that I'm striving for. And, now, I can do it for a good cause. What's not to lose (other than weight.)

For me, coming up with a measurable goal took some turns. See, I need to lose 50 pounds, too, but I hate numbers. I hate the scale. It gives me anxiety. I "know" the scale doesn't tell the whole truth, but when I step on it, it becomes the only truth. And if there were money based on it, it would be the most important truth. I didn't want that to be the basis of my goal. I would be too anxious stepping on that scale and having the number not change, or worse yet, go up. So I wanted my actions to be measurable, not the weight. I also know that I need to have an all encompassing goal for each week. One that takes important parts of wellness and combined them. I'm a baby-stepper, so I need something that I can expand upon as the year progresses because this is a year long Wellness-athon for me.

So my measurable goal is a week of successful goal completion. I will have 3 goals to complete each week: one fitness goal, one nutrition goal and one awareness goal. (Awareness goal? What's that? Something for me. Something to help me take care of me, relax, focus on the inner me as well as the outer me.) They are goals that once I master them, I can change to be more involved to make me work harder and to challenge me without being so challenging I can't succeed.

I'm starting after the week starts, so this first week, my goals will be a little less than what they would be for a full week.
Fitness: 60 minutes of dedicated exercise
Nutrition: Log my food for 4 out of the 5 days remaining
Awareness: 5 minutes of relaxation breathing at the end of each day.

And now I'm posting it. So you all know. And I'm a little bit terrified. But I know I can do it. My new motto...

Where there's a Will, there's a way.


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