Yea, yea, so I was a little slow to start this program. I've been making that tracker bounce back to Week 1 for a few weeks now. However, I started this week (my weeks start on Wednesdays for my weight loss tracking) due to gaining a half a pound last week. I needed to find some sort of way to start exercising, and a lot of people say running is a great calorie burner. So far, so good. This week, I was on the walk 4 minutes, run 1 minute for 4 times plan, and it was mildly uncomfortable but do-able. :)
First, I'd like to start with my successes. I ran/walked a 1.75 mile course that I created using SparkPeople's course creator thing. The first week's walk/run assignment is 20 minutes long, and this course currently takes me longer than 20 minutes, so I just walk whatever is left as my cool down. On my first "run," I clocked in at 28:45, my second was 26:30, and my last was 24:47. Just in a matter of a week, I shaved 4 minutes off my time which feels pretty good, especially considering that last run felt like torture. More on that in a moment.
Finally, I want to discuss the things I've learned as a new runner this week:
-Tank tops with loose straps and regular bras are HORRIBLE for running. I'm a 36A, so I don't really have the "bounciness" problem, but even just trying to keep the straps from sliding down my shoulders was a royal pain. Thankfully, I had one sports bra from long ago hanging out, and it is being put to good use.
-Shoes, shoes, shoes! The first day, I went out running in my Pumas that have no arch support and certainly aren't meant for running. Nobody should ever feel the impact of the pavement THAT much.
-Music can be a great companion, but I found out it's best to make an upbeat playlist that I can use specifically for my workouts. Hitting the "next" button is just one more unneeded distraction.
-I read somewhere that if you eat a really fatty meal the night before a run, it's going to feel a whole lot worse. They weren't kidding. Yesterday, my family went out to a Mexican buffet, and I might have indulged a little more than necessary. But boy, did I pay for it today. My lungs were on fire, I had heart burn, and my legs felt like sandbags. I will never be doing that again!
I'm looking forward to the day when I can run a mile or two without feeling like my heart is going to explode. For now, I'm going to keep at it. Next week starts the walk 3 minutes, run 2 minutes for 4 times, and I'm not 100% sure if I'm ready, but I'm sure going to try! Good luck to everyone in their fitness endeavors!