No. I'm not. I did not participate in any high school sports. I was a ballerina drop out. And tennis. And gymnastics. I'm sure there's more. Technically, I stuck it out with soccer for a while when I was a kiddo, but I was really afraid of the ball hitting me. In the face. Don't get me wrong, though. I've been active throughout my life. I enjoy walking and strength training, as well as yoga, biking, and cross-country skiing. But anything truly strenuous is not my thing.
However, I am overweight; obese if you look at one of those chart thingies. I walk. Thirty to sixty minutes every day. I am mindful of my diet. Yet I struggle to shed these pounds that I've gained. You'd be shocked to know that I've gained around 50 lbs (in 5 years) while teaching in my neighboring town. Yep. So instead of complaining about it and having a pity party I decided to do something.
So what does a non-sporty girl do to drop the weight? Run. I've never run before in my life. I had friends who were cross country runners. My hubby is an ex ball player (running involved), and I've walked in every race that I've ever entered. Running is really a long shot for me. But I figured that in conjunction with my strength training routine it would help me kick my metabolism (thanks thyroid) in the ass.
I remember a few years back when I first met my friend, who introduced me to PodCasting, she mentioned doing the Couch to 5k to get her back into her running routine. At the time it was a PodCast and may still be available as one. About two weeks ago I decided to look into it and found something that I'm pretty happy. You'd be surprised to know that I did not find this gem on Pinterest ☺, I found it in the app store.
Sadly, I don't have an iPhone so I have to do some finagling to get the running done with the suggested times. But I just use a stopwatch on my Droid and I can listen to my local radio station while running. When I get home I check off that I did it and post my success to Facebook. I'm not one of those people who likes to post everything to Facebook, but for this I am for a couple of reasons. It's offered, and has little motivational badges for you to earn throughout the training. It keeps me honest: telling people what I'm doing holds me accountable. My friend is vaca-ing in the Cape and running along with me, so it makes it easier for us to motivate each other.
I really like how it alternates running and walking to work your body (and lungs) up to running for longer periods of time. On the 1st day, after finishing the 4th 1 minute run I felt like puking. But on that same day, by the 6th 1 minute run I felt like I could've kept going. On the 2nd day I thought I'd puke on the 6th 1 minute run, and by the 3rd day I no longer had the urge to purge.
Water...I don't bring any with me, because I'm only out there for 30 minutes, but there have been a few days (like today) when I did not drink enough before lacing up. Sometimes it's because I don't drink enough throughout the night. I wake up thirsty and for some dumb reason ignore my thirst. I pay for it the next day I run. Big mistake!
Tissues should probably be a staple in my water bottle holder (that I use to hold my cell phone), but I keep forgetting them. This has nothing to do with running & everything to do with the sinus problems I've been having since the school year ended. But....It really helps to blow before you go.
At first I downloaded the free version but quickly downloaded the paid free version because I was loving it! I can't help but share this pin. It sums up how my Couch to 5K buddy & I think we look while we run. But we love how we feel!