Sunday, April 13, 2008

Couch to 5K (C25K): Week One Day One

On Sunday, I bucked up and decide to try C25K out. It was a bit too cold to run on the outside track, so I went to the inside track. I had a bit of a relief/panic moment: relieved that there were other people on the track (the outside track had one very random looking person on it, and inside, the university's drill team was practicing) and panicked because there WERE other people around to witness my first go at running. Geez. So, I pinned on my Ipod and started walking. You start with a five minute brisk walking warmup... okay, got that under control. Then, my podcast friend starts to warn us that the first 60 second running interval is coming up. Panic! Panic!! When he said go, I went. And it wasn't bad. I realized that I got half way around the track before the interval was up. And then I huffed and puffed my way through my 90 second recovery period. We (meaning me and my podcast buddy) worked our way through many intervals. The only time that I thought I was going to die was on the interval past the midway mark. Okay, first I thought I was going to die when my podcast said "You're half way there." Huh? Only half way?? On the next interval, I stopped about 10 seconds early, but then pushed it out for the other two intervals before the end. Before I knew it, 20 minutes of these intervals had past and I was into my five minute cool down. I was sweaty and my calves were sore (yes of course I stretched afterwards!) but I DID IT. I RAN!!! I can't believe it. Okay, of course I can. I'm almost 40 pounds lighter than what I was last year at this time. But the fact that I can push myself to run, push myself into a fitness routine is amazing. I'm thinking that I'll definitely be hitting the 40 pound mark on Saturday :)


Laura said...

Christina! I'm so glad you found my blog. Congrats on the weight loss! I am looking to you for inspiration. =) You look great, I hope in a couple months I can feel the same way. Sounds like we both started at similiar places.

I am starting the C25k today as well. I'll have to report back.

Can you believe we've been married almost two years already??

c said...

I think I'm going to need to get the podcasts. I've been using the treadmill and it gets old looking at the time every 20 seconds or so. I'm glad you made it through your first day!

Laura said...

Can I just tell you I had the exact same experience yesterday. We made it through...that's the important part! Good luck with day two...I know you can do it. It will only get easier.