Well, there’s good news and bad news. I’ll give you the bad news first.
I still hate running. It’s just that simple. I also hate sweating. And being out of breath. None of those things bode well for my future as a runner. In St. Louis. Where the heat and humidity kill people every year.
For anyone interested in the “Couch to 5K” program I mentioned in earlier posts: I liked it for the first few weeks. The music didn’t bother me, I felt like I was pushed to keep going, and I was making progress. HOWEVER, week 3 contains a total of 9 minutes of running through intervals; week 4 goes all the way to 16 minutes. It was WAY too big a jump for someone in as bad of shape as I am. So, I kinda gave up on that and just started running to my own music. I have a little route now that I run that includes about a mile of running and a mile of walking.
The good news is that I’ve made a little progress in how far I’m able to run, and more than that, I really care about getting some exercise now. I don’t always want to get out the door, but I ALWAYS feel good about having exercised, and getting a little cardio in. I’ve also *gasp* started doing some workouts at home too, when I noticed that my arms were larger than ever. Inspired by Suzanne’s every-day-for-a-year fitness goal, I’ve been doing pushups almost every day, and about twice a week using an ancient arms workout (we’re talking VHS here, people) that I really like because it’s butt-kicking, containing 350+ reps and 40 pushups in a matter of 20 minutes.
So, while I’m not going to be able to run the whole 5k – it would be a miracle – this is still huge progress in getting me moving. Which is definitely a good thing.