Sunday, April 20, 2008

i started running today...

Well, I did it. I started the c25k program this morning. Was the coolest thing, my hubbie and daughter both are doing it with me. Hubbie doesn't much care for exercising outside (too hot most of the time down here in FL to exercise outside on a regular basis) and my daughter is, well, to her own admitting, she's a bit too lazy to run (sorry, babe). But I was so proud of both of them. Hubbie was on my left and daughter was on my right. Was the coolest thing!

Was funniest thing. Before we started, we were standing in the kitchen and they asked me okay, what's the plan. I said "hi, my name is Julie, I'll be your cruise director today". I thought it was hilarious. She's never hear of Love Boat and he, well, he thought probably what the rest of you are thinking.. hardy-har-har.

Anyway, so we started out with the 5 minute quick walk warm up... goin' good. Then came the first set of run for 60 seconds and walk for 90 seconds... goin' good. Then the next set... okay, getting a little more difficult, but I'd caught my breath enough during the last 90 seconds of walking that I was starting to think this might not be as bad as I thought. Then the next set of 60 seconds running and 90 seconds walking... um, not going so good... I was breathing soooo hard. I'm starting to wander if this is a good idea... Then the fourth set... After I ran the next 60 seconds I started getting light headed and I was breathing like I'd just ran a marathon or something. I couldn't do any more.

I couldn't believe it! I'm in better shape (though still 50 pounds overweight) than the two of them and I pooped out first. What's up with that???

I was so disappointed in myself. I was only able to do 4 sets and we had to walk the rest of the way home. Hubbie was just getting warmed up. Daughter admitted to me later that she was just about to say I'll meet you guys at home because it was kicking her butt too.

Oh, well, so I won't get it done in 9 weeks. Maybe 18. I guess it doesn't matter how long it takes as long as I keep at it slow and steady until I'm comfortable to take it to the next level. The website says it's okay to redo a week or two until you feel like you're ready to advance to the next week's level. I think I'll be redoing this week for a while until I can make it up to 8 sets (20 minutes). At least half way through the first day is better than stopping after the first set, right?

Oh, well.


Cara said...

Don't be disappointed at all! You did great! I think once you get the breathing down, everything will fall into place that way. Swimming really helped me control my breathing, and helped me be able to run soo much better. just keep at it, and you will be up to a 5k in no time. It took about 6 months or so for me to actually complete it all the way through! heh

Donna said...

Hey cool! I didn't realize you were starting the Couch to 5k too! I've been a little wrapped up in my own little world for the last few days. Woohoo! We can do this together! My first run is tomorrow morning :)