So, apparently you guys like when I post fitness stuff on here! Who knew? A couple of my most recent posts (Run Around and Fit to be Tied) got a bit of a buzz. Yep, I’m getting all sleek and in shape over here at OGT. I’ve got a few months til summer and I will be spending as much time in a bathing suit as possible. I have a little fishy of a son, so you can bet we will be saying hi to Grandma from the pool as often as we can. I better invest in sunblock now…
Back to the runnin’. I touched on the Couch to 5k method of “learning” to run earlier this year. I said I had never once completed the program the whole way through. Well, I am thisclose to completing it this time! Let me give you a little back story.
I have never been on a team sport. Not growing up, not in high school, not in college, not ever. The closest I came to being on a “team” was when I was in a singing group when I was 10. Nope, I didn’t play any sports. I worked in high school. I was never one for running or really even into fitness for that matter. It wasn’t until I was in college that I started realizing how out of shape I was. My freshman roommate and some of the other girls on my floor would convince me to go workout in the gym in our basement. I had no idea what I was doing, so I just kind of made stuff up as I went along.
Fast forward a few years. OK, several years. In the summer of 2009 I was at my highest (then) weight of 165. I knew I needed to do something because I was unhappy. I felt fat, lazy, and had no energy. I started walking and lifting weights. My sister had started running earlier in the year and she lost a ton of weight. She also started running in some 5ks and she inspired me to want to try running too. I began the program (I actually use an app called Ease into 5k instead of the c25k one) and I think I got through about week 4 or so. Then I gave it up. Can’t remember why, but I did. I probably thought my body wasn’t built for running.
Despite not completing the program, I ended up losing 30 pounds by walking and doing various other activities at the gym like the arc trainer. I started the program a few more times but, as before, stopped it by week 4 or 5. When I got pregnant with Jake, I ended up gaining a ton of weight. I believe my highest weight was 204!!! Geez, Louise!
After I had him, I lost about 30 pounds naturally, but I hovered around the 170 mark for a loooooong time. Finally at the beginning of this year I had had enough. I wanted my 135 pound body back. My best friend and I got serious and we’ve been eating right and exercising ever since. I’ve lost 12 pounds so far and feel a lot more lean and mean. I still have a ways to go, but I can see the results and I’m determined to reach my goal!
Well, that was a long winded way to get on the topic of my current experience with Couch to 5K. This time, it’s all different. I started out pretty strong on weeks 1, 2, and 3, but then I started having some pain on the inside of my shins. My friend told me she thought they were shin splints and suggested I rest and not run for a while. This is one of the reasons why I had stopped running period in the past, so I was nervous to take a break. On the other hand, I didn’t want to hurt myself, so I quit running for a few weeks.
When I got back on the treadmill, I was still a little sore, but not so much I couldn’t run. I completed my run with ease! After that, I just kept progressing and progressing. Some days were really tough, others weren’t so bad. Last night, I went to the gym fully expecting not to be able to complete the day’s run. Week 6, day 2 is run 10 minutes, walk 3, run 10. I did it, but struggled with it. Week 6, day 3 (last night’s run) was warm up, then run 20 minutes. Straight. No breaks. There was no way.
Well, I was wrong. I KILLED my run! Not only did I run the 20 minutes it said to, but I kept going and ran an additional 6 minutes so I could say I ran 2 miles straight! (Yes, right now I run a very slow 13 minute mile, but I run the whole thing. So there.) I was so pleased with myself I put it all over social media!
I’m not completely done with Couch to 5k, but I’m so close. Now I feel like I could actually, potentially be a runner. I know they say if you run even one minute, you’re a runner, but in my head that’s not the truth. That’s not the definition of a runner I see. My sister? She’s a runner. Know what I do believe in? The term runner’s high. There’s no other feeling like it.
On a side note, did you all see Google Reader is going to be shutting it’s doors on July 1?
What blog reading platform will you be using when that happens?