Four weeks, roughly. 27 days, exactly. Part of me feels like I should wait a little longer to post this, but most of me is just really excited to share. For those of you starting this journey yourself, I wanted to let you know what I've been doing specifically, something my doc recommended, and the results I've seen so far. I'm shocked by the results I see in my body and my abilities. I didn't realize it would be this fast, engrossing, or addictive.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I jumped straight into a 200-minute per week routine after I visited a cardiologist for a preventative appointment and I've stuck to it religiously. I run Couch to 5K intervals with the C25K FREE app three days per week (Monday, Thursday, Saturday) as prescribed, with additional walking tagged onto the end of each workout to flesh out a full 40+ minutes. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I walk a full 40+ minutes. I make myself take Wednesdays and Sundays off to make sure knees and ankles stay in good form. I don't really like taking Wednesdays off--Thursday seems like it would make more sense--but I work fairly late (for me) on Tuesday nights, so I'm always super tired on Wednesdays. Oh well!
|I still post a lot of pics like this on the hard days!|
Just...wow. The first two and a half weeks I thought I was going to die every walk and run. My knees and ankles hurt. My legs hurt. Muscles I didn't know I had hurt. But then suddenly last week...it got better! It's still hard...don't get me wrong. It's work. But it's not as painful as it was, and I know I'm getting better at it. It's always difficult to step up to a new level on the C25K program, but nothing hurts like that initial handful of weeks. So far I've spent about two weeks on each level of C25K since I started from absolutely nothing--no running unless a Rottweiler was chasing me. I find it takes me about that long to get comfortable with a new set of intervals, and I'm totally fine with that.
I do find that on the days I walk, I actually have to work pretty hard, push significantly, to really feel like I'm getting enough of a workout. I've also learned that I have to take fairly short, quick (prissy) strides to keep my feet and ankles from cramping. It's a pain in the ass (ankles), but it's been a problem for me as long as I can remember running and walking for exercise...even when I was younger and lighter. Hopefully I can nail down some stretches or exercises that will help with that, too.
I'm kind of shocked by the change I've seen in my body at this point. I've lost inches overall...I look noticeably smaller...and I feel much, much stronger. I'm down about four or five pounds, and I'm pleased with that progress. Also, I didn't really think of this when I started, but my skin is freaking fantastic. I'm sure part of it is shucking off a lot of the stress that was following me around when I was working my full-time job, but my skin is also smoother and brighter. Huzzah!
This post is getting fairly long, so I'll tell you about my shoe-buying experience soon and report on some running books I've been reading! Some have been hits...some, big misses.
Bottom line: I feel damn fine.
If you're working on this journey, I'd love to hear more about what you have going on!