Sunday, September 15, 2013
I've recently started an exercise regimen - it is called the 'Couch 25k' program. It is a pretty popular program and most people have heard of it before. If not, I encourage you to google it!
The basic point of the program is to get you from a coach potato into a runner - to be able to run for 30 minutes! You do it three times a week. For my sister, my mom, and I, we chose Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It just seemed to make the most sense! We get up first thing in the morning and go running at about 5:15 AM or so. Your first week, you spend 90 seconds walking and then 60 seconds running.
I thought I was going to DIE!!
I'm a hard core couch potato - perhaps I should say computer potato. My computer chair probably has an indent the exact shape of my rear, I sit in it so much. For me, this is much more than I'm ever use to doing exercise wise (since high school) and after the first few times, I thought I was going to die! You do 8 sets of walking then running. About set 4, I feel as if my lungs are never going to give me air, my feet are going to fall off at the ankles, and I'm going to collapse. Lucky for me, I've got my own personal cheerleaders in the form of my mother and my sister who, despite my best efforts, never let me quit! I powered through all 8 sets with only stopping for a second or two at most, once or twice a set.
When I got done? I FELT GOOD! I've never felt good after exercising before! I always thought those people who said exercising gave them energy or made them feel good were all messed up in the head! I had never experienced such a phenomenon before and it only further goes to show me that I'm working toward the right goals. I've never been a huge fan of running but that is because I've always been overweight. I'm starting to think the one thing I avoided the most is going to be the exact thing to help push me into shape!
I'm going to be starting week two tomorrow and everything goes up 30 seconds. While they tell you that you can repeat whatever week you are on whenever you want to, I don't think I'd be doing my body justice by not pushing it to be the best it can be. So, on to week two for me! No repeating week 1 - I survived week one, I'll survive week 2, I'm sure. On top of that, my two cheerleaders won't let me quit. There is nothing like having the best support team in the world! ;)