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Birthday, C25K W1D2

Saturday, January 14, 2012

On Wednesday, the first day of BLC18, I put my money where my mouth is (or, put my booty in my sweatpants? put my feet in my running shoes??) and stopped saying "I think I want to start running, eventually" and actually s.t.a.r.t.e.d. running!

It was a big switch for me. I'm pretty protective of my knees (after watching my mom suffer with arthritis and a knee replacement), so my plan was to do low-impact exercise while I got started on this journey. That would allow me to build up my fitness and lose weight while walking and elliptical-ing, before I'd launch myself into a C25K program. I'm sure it'll be much better on my knees to take up running as a 165-pound woman, and this also has the side benefit of having let the weather cool off (summer in GA is no joke). And I'm hoping the running will be the challenge my body is needing in order to help me lose the next 20-30 pounds, which I'm sure will keep getting harder as I get closer to goal.

Well, the initial plan worked mostly as expected - the weather cooled off, I lost 40 pounds in Summer and Fall of 2011. Hoo, baby, I hope my knees are ready, because I've done enough walking - I'm ready to run! It's super-exciting to think that I'm starting this year - my last year as a 20-something - on such a healthy path. And it's really really exciting to think that by next year, when I turn the "dreaded" 3-0, I have the potential to be more physically fit, and more slender, than I've ever been in my life. Talk about "out with the old, and in with the new" - these are some spectacular changes to look forward to, and are much more important than any one number!

This is also the first birthday that I've ever NOT been single. Chris really made it a special day for me - he gave me tulips and presents, and we had dinner at a vegetarian restaurant (Cafe Sunflower) and then we made cheesecake together! Also, he took me to Medieval Times the next day (I had never been, and had always wanted to go). What a magical birthday weekend!

As for C25K, I did Week 1 Day 2 today, even though it was quite cold (for GA) - 45 degrees! I'm proud of myself for going for it. And it felt great to put on my new running shoes - I bought them on Black Friday, and have been saving them for a "reward" for when I was ready to take on C25K! Yay!
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  • KARMA70
    Somehow I missed this blog... Happy Belated Birthday!
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    I'm so happy for you that you had a wonderful birthday and were treated like the deserving, amazing woman that you are :)

    That's awesome that you're running! I just started tonight with a group of friends, our aim is to do the TC10K at the end of April. I've never been a runner but we'll see, we're starting off super easy - brisk walk 3min run 30seconds. I actually wanted to keep running when the 30 secs were over! I think next time is a minute or minute and a half run. I'm excited!
    2338 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Sounds like a wonderful birthday. So happy for you. It also sounds like this year will be a great one!

    Good luck on your running program. I know you can do it!
    2342 days ago
    Okay you are freaking me out. Stop reading my secret diary! I just finished C25K day 3 today! And I also just found out where Medieval Times is and am dying to go. I also bought myself new running shoes about a month ago and they were worth every penny. I am so happy for you. You are doing great. I don't have me a man yet but I am finally enjoying dating and not so worried about falling in love. My confidence is building which is only gonna make a bajillion of opportunities open up for me in the dating world. How awesome are we for becoming runners? You me and Cheeky all 3 of us. She is ahead of us in the running game but we will catch up with her. :P
    2345 days ago
  • CHEEKY1000
    How did I miss this blog? I can only claim blindness and busy with my own bday weekend. Sheesh! Not a good start with my BLB status. lol

    I'm soooooo excited that you are starting the C25K program. I did it, and I loved it. I might work on the 5K to 10K program. I think they have one. Or I could do c25k again only at faster paces to increase my speed. Haven't decided yet. Please keep us updated.

    While I think it's great that you're going to have a running buddy with your sister, don't forget that this is about you. Don't allow her schedule to derail you if her busy schedule interferes. When I did the C25K, I did it on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays without fail--come hell or high water. I stuck to the plan because as a Capricorn (LOL), I'm all about doing it right so that I don't get careless injuries from fatigue. If bad knees run (no pun intended) in your family as they do in mine, you don't want to take ANY chances.

    Chris sounds like such a keeper! Imagine that...a guy who is actually attentive. You're lucky!!! Woohoo!!

    I'm soooo glad you also thought the tiara scene was hilarious. Did you watch it more than once? The way she sings out a "Tiaaaaara!" and then says, "Of course I am [beautiful] I'm a princes!!" in that positively maniacal joyful voice. Who knew Blossom would grow up to be brilliant???
    2348 days ago
    Awww, what a wonderful birthday! And my sister's is the 14th - how cool! Way to go on C25K!!!!

    Oh, and hey...we may be coming to Atlanta for the Nerdist Live show in March. :) Meet up maybe?
    2348 days ago
  • FITAT50
    I'm looking forward to celebrating with you as you reach your goals!
    2350 days ago
    Good luck, Flutter! I think you'll really enjoy running. Reading about the start of your journey makes me want to get back to it! And I'm so glad to hear that your birthday was so wonderful. May you have many more!

    And as far as the *dreaded* part-as a person who is now out of her 30's, I can tell you that my 30's were sooooo much better than my 20's-I hope you find that to be true for you, too!
    2350 days ago
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