Five weeks ago I decided to be proactive. I decided to learn to run. I have wanted to for a while but I guess it’s always been one of those fleeting thoughts. So, I searched for an iphone app that was a trainer and found get running, a couch to 5k running program. Perfect. All I basically did for exercise was couch sitting and 5k is a good goal.
I run 3 times a week. Each run starts with a 5 minute walk to warm up and 5 minute walk to cool down. My first week I started out in intervals of running 1 minute and walking 1 1/2 minutes. This week I am up to running 3 and 5 minutes and walking 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes. I am half way through the program. PROGRESS!!! Most runs I feel like I am barely making it through, but I AM making it. (When I say run I am using the term very loosely. It’s more like an extremely slow jog.)
In my next week the plan is to run 20 min straight. It sounds totally crazy but I have made it this far, praying the whole way, and will continue to do so.
I am really enjoying this. I get up before everyone else, which used to never happen. I am getting exercise, which very rarely happens. My body is in better shape. I can chase the kids and not get tired so fast. I am on my way to achieving a goal.
Lord willing, my goal is to finish this program and get my pace up to run a 5k at the end of the summer.