Posted by: sharonseidel | April 24, 2013

Baby we were born to run….maybe

First things first, Weigh In Wednesday – sticking at 67.7 this week so far.  Not too worried, after a bigger loss last week, I am not surprised, that happens sometimes.

So, I have decided to take on a new fitness challenge.  As you all know by now, I am a walker and I really enjoy it.  But I thought that maybe it might be time to shake things up a little in the exercise department and since I can already walk for long distances, maybe I don’t need to go further, maybe it’s time to consider going faster.  Yesterday I downloaded the Couch to 5k app and in anticipation of my newly flying feet, I also downloaded the 5k to 10k.

couch

Up until now, the only time I run is when I am completing my fitness test every 4 weeks, the occasional jog back to the car at the end of a walk or across the hot sand after some beach time.  But, it’s time to up the ante and push myself out my my comfort zone. So running…

Not wanting to give myself time to negotiate my way out of the whole thing, I went for my first workout yesterday afternoon.  For those who are unfamiliar with Couch to 5k, it works on intervals.  Every workout starts with a 5 minute warm up walk, then you alternate jogging and walking in intervals for a 30 minute total workout.   As you progress, the jogging intervals increase and the walking intervals decrease until you are running the full 5km by the end of the program.  To start with you jog for 1 minute and then walk for a minute and a half, rinse and repeat.  And it wasn’t too bad.

I have not seriously tried to run for years – at one stage I was running 35 minute stretches on the treadmill, but that was a long time ago and I was much fitter in those days.  I have lost weight and I am fit, but back then I was a serious gym junkie.  I was very nervous, I really did not know whether this going to happen. It felt good to complete that first workout and know that I can still do this.

I guess, thinking about it, it was a mental roadblock that I had skirted for a long time. I know where it comes from.  It comes from the part of me that didn’t want to show my face in the gym after a 20kg weight gain.  I was embarrassed to front up to classes where once I had been one of the fittest in the room as an overweight person. Now I am close to the finish line as far as shedding the physical weight goes, it is time to get rid of that mental weight.  I know that I need to get back into the classes to get my all round fitness back, I am doing lots of cardio and flexibility, but I know that I need weights as well and it’s time. I love my walking, but I think too that I was using is as a shield – I was able to do it alone and I didn’t have to front up and be embarrassed at the gym. So pump and circuit will also have to find their way back into my routine.  I am kind of excited to get back to the gym and see how I go.  And as for the running, hopefully the new red shoes will help me go faster.  Just call me Speedy…..

BTW: My plank is up to 2 minutes and 3 seconds as of last night, WOO HOO!

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