Couch-to-5K (Week 1, Day 1)

Monday, January 03, 2011

One of my goals for 2011 is to complete the 8 week, Couch to 5K program. I started today.

For those not familiar with the program, it is a graduated walking/running program. You train 3 times per week, for 8 months.

Let me just say that I am by no means a runner. I am 40 pounds overweight, not really athletically inclined, and was usually one of the last kids picked in gym class. But what I lack in natural athletic ability, I make up in motivation, guts, chutzpah, whatever you want to call it. I'm not afraid of a challenge, and 2011 is going to be all about physical challenges.

As I stepped on the treadmill, my primary thought was, "I am going to be the fattest girl running on the treadmill". But if I keep up with the program, someday, I'll be a fit girl running on the treadmill. So I tried to ignore the voices in my head, the jiggling of my extra weight, and the people behind me that I was convinced were staring (even though I couldn't see them). It wasn't easy. I was sucking wind, and had to put my hands on the treadmill (I know, I know, it's cheating.....), and had to take an extra minute of walking during one of the walking/running combinations.

It wasn't easy, but I finished. And I felt good afterward. Not "I'm-so-glad-this-torture-is-o
ver" good, but glowing, happy endorphins good. Enough to get me back on the treadmill on Wednesday.
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    Good for you! I look forward to reading your updates on this program! emoticon
    3341 days ago
    What an amazing Challenge! Good for you. Let those endorphins just have a great time in your head and you watch your body change! Go Girl! emoticon emoticon
    3341 days ago
    Happy day to you for going for it! As you stay focused on the C25K program, know that fellow Sparkers are behind you, but we are definately cheering you on your journey! You have a great goal for this year, and believe it or not, it is attainable. Push through those hard days; your "happy endorphins" will thank you!! Besides will survive it!

    Julia : )
    3341 days ago
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