So I’ve made mention before about how I’ve started running. I initially was just running once a week for a little bit of cardio, but after being convinced by Katie to run a half marathon in December, I decided to kick it up a notch. I’m starting out doing active.com’s Couch to 5k program. I know I’m not in shape and I don’t want to just run without a plan. I want to do this the smart way to ensure I can actually run a half marathon and not get injured along the way.
The Couch to 5k program allows me to start gradually. You run three times a week and each week it becomes more challenging. The first week was alternating running 1 minute and walking 1.5 minutes. Even this was challenging for me. Running has just never been easy for me. I never really enjoyed it because I was forced to do it. The first week I wasn’t too keen on it. Then week two rolled around. Week two involved alternating running 1.5 minutes and walking 2 minutes. Surprisingly, I wanted to run and actually craved running. I’d never felt that before. I always looked at cardio as such a burden, but now I wanted to do it.
Week three ended yesterday, I’ve been running Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, but on Thursday I made the mistake of wearing heels to work. Plus I walked around a lot and stopped at the mall after work. I knew my calves were already tight and I didn’t want to risk not being able to run the whole time, so I put off my run for Saturday. Week 3 was difficult for me, it was two rounds of 1.5 min of running, 1.5 min of walking, 3 min running and 3 min walking. I can’t remember the last time I ran that long, which is pretty sad. Running is so much different than the elliptical or arc trainer. I can do those for long periods of time, but running outside requires so much more.
Today I’m starting week 4, this includes 5 min of running, so I’m definitely a little bit nervous I won’t be able to do it. I’ve been working on pacing myself so I can handle the longer runs. I feel like I’m moving so slow and it kills me, but I know I need to get the stamina first before I start working on speed.
Keeping up the motivation to run hasn’t been too difficult. I like a challenge and I enjoy pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Plus I love any excuse to get new things. Whenever I start something new I have to get all the best gear, so of course I have picked up some fun running toys, but we’ll save those for another post or 3. Running clothes have been my fav purchase, so I’m sure my running fashion will get its very own post 🙂
Have you started any new fitness journeys?
What is your motivation to keep it up?