The problem with starting your training when it’s still cold outside is that it’s cold outside. Who wants to go running or biking in the cold. Not me. I much prefer to spend my cold winter months by the fire with some cocoa. It is very hard to motivate yourself to go running in the cold. But now Spring has finally sprung and it is very easy to get yourself motivated to go outside. This really is the prefect time for training. It’s not to cold. It’s not too hot. It’s just right:)
It really is amazing how perfect the Couch to 5K plan works for running too. It is such a gradual occurance that unless you really go back to track your progess, you don’t even notice the change each week. The first week, it seemed so easy with only running 60 seconds and walking for 90. It almost didn’t seem like anything. Now after a month we are up to jogging for 5 minutes. Although, I will admit, when I am running by myself I usually go a few minutes longer. Now five minutes may not seem like a long time to be jogging, but when you are just starting out it feels like an eternity. That being said, we are just a few short weeks away from jogging for a full 30 minutes. I’m thinking that I shouldn’t have looked ahead:)
As for now, though I will just worry about what I’m doing this week. I’ve got time to worry about the rest later on or at least I think so……
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I’m feeling better today. My panic attack of yesterday has passed and I’m getting it together.
At least for the moment.
Last night I went to do laps as I’ve done the last few weeks. This time my girlfriend couldn’t go, so I was on my own. I think that might have been a good thing because there was less chit chat. Not that chit chat is a bad thing, but I do believe I did AL LOT more laps last night! I lost track, but I did a lot.
I also think that I might finally be getting the hang of this swimming thing. Not that you could tell from looking at me, but I know I’m making progress. With each stroke, I just kept counting. One, two, three, breathe. Arms extending. Trying to make it look as effortless as those who’ve been to the rodeo before. Just kept saying to myself, “head down, arms extended forward, bend arms, swivel hips, turn head, do not pull head out of the water. Who knew there was such much thought that went into swimming. Not me! I’m looking forward to next week when the mentors will be on deck to give pointers as I think I’m getting it, but who knows. I could be getting it all wrong:)
Then today, I did get in my run. I packed the boys and their bikes up. I met a girlfriend who brought her son, bike, and dog. Then off we went. They all rode around, while I did my couch to 5K plan. I do notice that it is getting easier. Now when I say easier, I don’t mean that I’m not huffing and puffing along because I am! I just mean that (as it is supposed to happen), I can jog farther and faster than I could a month ago. And that is how it is supposed to work. Great program!
So for today, I feel like I might just be able to do this.
Although, I still need to get on a bike!
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