Butt bouncing in the breeze......
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I did it! I finally ran today. I've wanted to "be a runner" for years. Every fall when my son begins training for cross country I promise myself I'm going to run with him. I don't. Every spring when he begins training for track I promise myself I'm going to run with him. I don't.
A few days ago I joined the Couch to 5K team (an awesomely friendly one, by the way). I checked out the training schedule. For the first week (every second day), you run for 60 seconds and walk for 90 seconds for a total of 20 minutes.
I woke up at 730 this morning. With my son being the only other family member home, and him being a teenager and seldom up before noon, I decided to go for my first run before I could make some excuses about why I couldn't. (Besides the heat, I still struggle with not wanting anyone to see me or know that I am trying this). I quickly dressed (I live on a farm, just threw some shorts and a t-shirt on), grabbed a water bottle (felt clumsy and in my way, gonna have to figure something out), and set out.
First, my "brisk 5 minute walk"--check. Now, my first 60 second run (jog actually)..check. I was fairly pleased to find that after 60 seconds I felt pretty good. (Sounds lame, I know, but you have to start from where you're at, right?) I laughed to myself as I was jogging, feeling my butt bouncing behind me. I must say, I was surprised and a little displeased--didn't think it was all that big!!!! Oh well, now I know where to concentrate some strength exercises, eh?
About halfway through my 20 minutes I began to really try to talk myself into only walking the rest. No way! I found that if I counted to 30 twice instead of to 60 I could psych myself into keeping running.
I am pleased to report that I successfully completed my W1D1 of C5K!!! I scheduled my next run for Saturday morning because you aren't supposed to run two days in a row and I work Friday morning. If I feel like it, I will run friday, but if not, I will run as soon as I get home from taking my son to work Saturday.
I'm finally doing it!!!!