a big step for couch-potato me
OK, I can’t tell you how much I stewed over writing this post, but I’m just gonna do it. I’ve decided to start the Couch to 5K fitness program. I keep hearing about it, how it can actually turn a couch potato (like me) into a fit person (something I’d like to be, but haven’t been since, oh, approximately 1995 when I spent an uncharacteristic year on treadmills).
A couple months ago I read a bit about it, how you start by running a minute and then resting a minute. Then repeat, adding gradually to the running time week by week, until you’re fit enough to run a 5K. (My hubby googled it for me this evening and we discovered it was something like 3 miles. Alrighty then.) Anyway, sometime this summer I tried it for a minute or two and found out I actually CAN run a minute without dying. And I thought about it some more. And decided it was too darned hot to start running, and waited awhile.
Then a couple weeks ago it wasn’t too hot, and I looked up the program again and found out there are podcasts available that walk (run) you through each weekly exercise session. And I downloaded a Christian one and loaded it onto my zune and finally I was ready. This week I jumped in and started. Tuesday I ran/walked 1.2 miles. Thursday I did 1.75 miles–and I ran 8 minutes of the 25 minutes it took. Which is almost certainly more than I’ve run in at least a decade. While it was not exactly fabulous, it wasn’t terrible either and I actually think I can do this, especially if my 16yo son continues to be willing to keep me company. I’m aiming for 3 days a week, and I’m telling you about it because it doesn’t hurt to be accountable.
I’m not gonna make this the center of my blogging– or the center of my life. But I thought it deserved at least a sidebar. So keep an eye out. I’ll keep ya posted And by all means if you are on a similar journey, tell me about it. I’ll read with interest.