My battle with getting into shape is no different than probably 85% of America – a yo-yo of excitement, defeat, frustration, STARVATION, and not exactly “failure”…. but nothing major enough to get real excited about. For the last 2 months or so though, I have been noticing one thing that keeps coming up all of my life: running.
A few months ago I began working with a fantastic company in Fort Worth, Texas. Several of their Ambassadors and I immediately became friends on Facebook, and I began there noticing all of their “running statuses” of how far they had gone, upcoming events, etc. Then in December we went to a Christmas Party where several of the ladies there had begun running marathons and were excited about some of the upcoming events. Three weeks ago when I went back out to Texas, one of my friends showed me her new “favorite iPhone app” –C25k. Obviously, something is telling me – the way to my success has to have SOMETHING to do with running.
I used to run. I ran in school. I even competed a few times in sprints – never for a marathon. (how symbolic is THAT) But ever since my knee surgery in 2000, RUNNING has been the last thing on my “to-do” list. Well, until this morning.
I downloaded the C25k app while I was still in Texas, but started it for the first time today. I woke up early, laced up my tennis shoes, and headed out into the morning for Day 1. The way the app works is you are able to listen to your own music, but a voice over will prompt you when it is time to run, walk, cool down, etc. You can even track your distance, calories burned, and days you have worked out. And like ALL good iPhone apps – you can Tweet or Facebook your stats and notes! Gotta love THAT!
So this morning – jamming to Aerosmith of course – I headed out for Day 1 – a 5 minute warm up, 20 minutes of walking/running and a 5 minute cool down. It sprinkled on me a few times, but other than that it was just warm enough I wasnt cold, but just cold enough I wasnt sweating. I got maybe a half a block before the shin splints began. I knew to expect some, but these were INTENSE. I pressed on, trying to remember “no pain, no gain!!” Ugh. I went for 1.25 miles with major shin splints before calling it a day – just over one minute shy of my Day 1 goal… so it did not “pass” me for Day 1! LOL
So tomorrow I will repeat Day 1 – knowing now I MUST make it the full time in order to go on to Day 2. Even though I didn’t finish, it certainly felt good to be “out there” again, running through my beautiful neighborhood, listening to birds chirping, people heading off to work, children heading to the bus stop… even though I have been hobbling a bit ever since, it was certainly a great way to start my day.
Tomorrow I will try to do it without crying LOL