I've been slacking on the running lately... I got distracted by the elliptical and have been walking a lot more, which has left my run-muscles pretty sore and in need of rest. Finally, though, I am getting used to walking to and from class. It doesn't hurt every day anymore.
So, it's time to get back to running more regularly (at least twice a week).
Today I did the couch to 5k Week5Day2 again, except outside this time(on a trail with hills), which made it much more difficult! I may not be able to do Wk5Day3 for a while, but 8 min running intervals certainly do work up a sweat and take a lot out of me, so I don't mind repeating this workout for a few more weeks.
I really, really love running. As I stated in my timeline blog, I originally started running to lose weight. Now I feel like I am trying to lose weight to become a better runner! Funny how that has evolved in just 6 months. I also find myself eating better just to increase my running performance (which obviously helps me lose weight). I am so grateful I took the plunge and started running.
After reading my friend (Nikki)'s blog today who is beginning C25k for the first time, I had a flashback memory: I remember exactly how much it hurt when I started, mostly my lower back but also my hamstrings and shins. Running felt torturous then and although I liked how it helped me lose weight, I hated the activity itself for a long time. Now, though, I find that my body craves it, and I have finally figured out my balance: how to get my "runner's high" without overdoing it and risking injury. I don't quite understand it really, but running has slowly evolved from a torturous means to an end, into a fun hobby that I just -like- to do :)
And I get better. Ever so slowly, I am getting stronger, faster, building endurance. I am now living 100% back-pain free. I feel like that should be celebrated more than any amount of weight I could ever lose.
I may run slower than some people walk, but I am going to just keep getting better and faster as the weight comes off. I know that I will always have a goal to shoot for with running, and it is an endless source of motivation for me.