Backstory: I have NEVER been what you would call a “runner”. I get winded in less than 30 seconds at a slow jog. It’s something I’ve always thought would be a good skill to have (zombies, post-war apocalypse scenarios, etc) but any time I tried it, I would just end up killing myself and quitting.
I recently started walking 3 miles in the mornings twice a week with my friend Michelle and she talked me into signing up for the Color Me Rad 5K coming up in a few weeks (though the current plan is to walk rather than run). So when I saw someone post about an app specifically to train up to running a 5K, I decided to download it and check it out.
I completed my first day about an hour ago. (It took half that time for me to recover.) But I did it and I didn’t cheat! I felt like I wanted to throw up a little at a few points, which is slightly embarrassing, but I made it. The app is cool because it “talks” to you to let you know when to start running and when to start walking again, so you don’t have to keep checking your watch or phone. You can just concentrate on hyperventilating and dying.
Being new to exercise, I’ve noticed a very weird phenomenon. That is, the more you exercise and DON’T QUIT, the more you WANT to exercise. I’d always heard people say that but I’d never reached that plateau. I figured it was just something active people say. But I feel like I actually broke through that barrier at some point recently. Even while I was lying on the living room floor earlier, gasping for air, I found myself thinking “I need to make sure I go to yoga this week”. Not “I should go to yoga this week” but “I really WANT to go to yoga this week”!
Also, just for the record, thin DOES NOT EQUAL healthy or fit. I’ve been thin all my life but I haven’t been in “good shape” in about 15 years. Like I said earlier, I get easily winded and have no endurance for physical activity. My metabolism has started slowing down as well (yay 30’s!). Since I’ve started Equestrian Show Jumping (a story for another post) and walking, I’ve gained about 15 pounds of muscle weight that only I can see. But I definitely know it’s there. Jay says I look healthier than I did when we met and I was a skinny 130 pounds at 5’8″ tall. I’m also starting to feel less sore and just physically better all around.
The Color Me Rad 5K is March 29, 2015, which is 4 weeks from now. I won’t make it to the end of the C25K program before then, but I’ll be well on my way. And maybe I’ll drag Michelle along with me.