This is where I start. An 8-second plank and 60-second jogs. That’s all I can do. Could do. It was about a year ago we (the man and me) started using the app called C25k. It is going to help train us to get up to running a 5k. The first level is 60 seconds intervals with 90-second walks between, for 20 minutes total. That time a year ago I thought I was going to die. My legs were shaky, felt like lead, my heart raced and my throat was on fire. I endured. I could not believe that I couldn’t even run for 60 seconds! If I have to run away from zombies, I’m a goner for sure! I hated running! I think we (ok just me because he can run more than I can!) only got up to 5 minutes at a time!
Fast forward a year. Needless to say, we did not finish the program and did not run a 5k. It was still on the list, though. We restarted the program this past Monday. Again, my legs were heavy and my throat was on fire. It wasn’t as bad as the very first time, though. Today was the second session and it was ok. I actually completed all of the session. See, I thought he didn’t notice, not like he’s not on the treadmill next to me, but whatever, I skipped one of the runs. I did. I skipped it. The computer voice said, “Begin running”, I said, “f*ck off” and didn’t run that 60 seconds. Today I was a good girl and did it all. Without a lot of issues.
I wish I was one of those people that loved running. I know several runners and I can say I am genuinely impressed. I hate to admit this, but I actually failed gym class in high school due to the lack of running. You are supposed to run a certain amount of time and I can still hear the coach shouting my name from the other side of the track. START RUNNING!! I would hang my head, shuffle a little until I couldn’t anymore and return to the huffing and puffing of walking. I recall this other girl in my class running happily and I ask her, “How can you do this with a smile??” She just kept moving and said, “It feels great to me!” I shook my head and watched her leave me in the dust.
Why am I doing this? Aside from the obvious of I want to lose weight, get in shape, and not just to outrun a zombie. HAHA! I don’t want to have Diabetes anymore. I’m not going to lie, I would like to be able to fit in my clothes better too. Every time I see the doctor, I can see it on his face, I just need to lose a little weight. If you can call 50 lbs a little. Many years ago, before I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, a doctor said I was “salvageable”. Seriously dude?
More than running, I don’t like checking my blood sugar, I don’t like taking pills. I am very fortunate I don’t have to take insulin. My A1C isn’t that high I guess.
We went for a walk yesterday after dinner, really so I could get more steps on my FitBit. Afterwards, we were talking about exercise and he asked me if I could do a plank. So, I got down on the floor and tried. He timed me. “Am I straight?” “Am I doing it right?” Massive giggling ensued as I tried to hold on. Then I let go. 8 seconds. That’s how long I lasted.
So, this is MY start. Three years ago I would have told you I could not possibly run on a treadmill, I couldn’t even walk without holding on! Two years ago I would have told you I couldn’t possibly get up at 430am to go work out. And one year ago I would have told you I couldn’t run more than 5 minutes at a time. No more can’t. I AM running on the treadmill and I AM getting up at 430am and I WILL run more than 5 minutes and eventually a 5k. And you can too.
Do you have any tips for me to love running?? I’d love to hear them!