So I decided to do this thing…and I may be a little crazy.
I’ve always wanted to run. I’ve always wanted to be a runner, as badly as I’ve always wanted to learn how to sing and dance. And you know when you reach that point where you just have to throw your hands in the air and do it? I reached that point yesterday at Piedmont Park. I thought about how nice it would be to just take my shirt off (bra stays on) and run in the park on a gorgeous summer day with my dog. Seeing all of the people exercising out there encouraged me to throw my hands in the air and just do it. I’m still trying to get a dog, but in the meantime I’m trying to get into running.
I learned of the C25K program years ago, and I’ve been just too chicken to try it. I hate running, but I don’t want to hate running anymore. I especially hate running, or exercising, outdoors, but that is my goal. I would love to be able to run outside on a track or in the woods (down a beaten path). You still may never catch me on a mountain trail, though, because I am not a hiker. I just want to be a track runner, or a wood runner. That would be good enough for me. I hope that by the third or fourth week of this nine week long program that I can run outside. Until then, I am staying in the cool, air-conditioned gym with the flat screen t.v. in front of me.
I don’t hate walking, but I don’t love it either. The main reason why I don’t like walking because I always get a bad case of runners itch, which happened to me again today. If you’ve never experienced it, it’s like your legs, stomach, and back are suddenly stung with a bunch of itchy anti-exercise baby bees. The truth is, however, that runner’s itch gets worse when you don’t exercise. I know that by the end of this week, or next week, that I won’t get that sensation anymore, and that for now I just have to push myself through it. During the 20 minute run, my runner’s itch started to kick in at about the seven minute mark. Ugh. I would scratch myself all over while I was doing the 90 second walk intervals, and by the end of the run I was going crazy. It went away after the cool-down walk. I’m pretty sure I’ll experience it again when I exercise this Tuesday, but I’ll just have to get through it. It sucks, but it’s not the end of the world.
Day 1: Was not the end of the world. My breathing needs some work, but because the workout was only 20 minutes I didn’t feel like I was going to die. I was tired, and didn’t feel like going any longer but I am not dreading going back in on Tuesday. My muscles feel a little sore but that is good. I did get a little bored with running, even though I was watching t.v. Next time I may just listen to the radio or music on my phone. I find it hard be interested in anything when I’m just exercising on a treadmill for 20 minutes, but I guess that is the difference between the gym and the great outdoors.
What I’ll do next time: Stand up straight. I noticed that my posture is really bad when I’m on the treadmill. It may be because I get tired and start to slouch, or I just have bad posture in general. I don’t think I do, but I really noticed it today my shoulders started to hunch and I felt like Quasimodo trying to do a 5K. Next time I will have the posture of a swan, not a squirrel.
This may be a bad thing to say…but I cheated during the five minute warmup. I only walked for about two minutes, and after that I got bored and beelined straight to the community gym. I know that’s bad, and it’s just another thing I’ll have to suck up and do. Warming up is crucial for preventing injuries, and it may even ease make my runner’s itch. On Tuesday, I’ll try and walk for the full five minutes.
After the 20 minutes, I lifted a few 10lb dumbells for fun and 10 crunches on the hanging crunch machine (does that thing have a name? If it does, let me know!). I want to do more research on weight exercise so that I am fit and toned on my entire body. Running is a great total body workout, but I want to make sure I’m not neglecting my abs, arms, and back. This week I may stick to 10 crunches, and next week I’ll do 20, then 30, etc…
Things I need: New running shoes, workout clothes, sports bras…and socks. I’ve been afraid to buy these things before because I have a bad habit of exercising religiously for about two weeks and stopping, but I am determined to finish this nine week program. I think I will finish the regimen this week, and buy some new gear soon. I’m excited for that 😀
Goal: Running in the great outdoors!