The longest journey begins with but a single step … Lao-Tzu Ain’t that the truth baby. That dude definitely knew what he was talking about!
Today I began the C25K Running Plan thanks to the inspiration from the lovely Shelley over at My Shoebox Life. It is finally time for me to get moving. I’m unfit, unhealthy and simply NOT HAPPY JAN. Summer is coming and I am not fit for public consumption. The final straw was my lovely Chiropractor asking me on Friday if I was doing any exercise. When I said “um no” he said “I thought so”. I took that as a sign. A sign to get up of my big fat lard arse and move it and a sign to stop referring to him as “lovely”. He clearly isn’t.
Although in the interest of being authentic and true to myself, the final straw was many months ago when I was having a Tim Tam binge and, well you can read about it here. I didn’t really follow through on any of that. I got sick and life got in the way and yada yada yada, we’ve heard it all before. So to be honest I’m not really that good at actually seeing things through. I start off with unbridled enthusiasm and then just as quickly I’m over it. One of the pitfalls of being a Gemini I’m told. So, we can probably say Friday was the final final straw after the final straw from before. You with me?
I had been watching Shelley’s running evolve via her blog and, to be honest, have been truly surprised (and a little envious) at how much she is loving it. A few years ago when I was fit, I used to enjoy running too, but the thought of it these days makes me go and eat more chocolate! Although I have to say with every one of Shelley’s blog posts I was getting closer and closer to wanting to do it too.
One thing holding me back, aside from laziness, was how to time the interval running. Having to pay so much attention to my watch seemed awfully hard while I’m killing myself with running. Shelley solved that problem in one Tweet! She recommended I download podcasts by Robert Ullrey of the full running program. I did. Today I ran.
So, here’s how it goes. The first day is a brisk five minute walking warmup followed by eight sets of 60 second interval runs. A 90 second recovery follows each interval and you finish up with a 5 minute cool down. I got to the start of the 5th 60 second run and had to stop. Oh the pain in my calf muscles. I decided to walk out the rest of the session and then come home.
I was disappointed that I didn’t finish the entire 8 runs, but given the level of unfitness I currently have, it’s no surprise. I will go back down to the school running track on Wednesday and do it again. I will keep going on week 1 until I can manage the entire 8 runs, even if it takes me 2 or 3 weeks.
I didn’t realise just how much I miss the endorphins exercise gives me and even now while my calves are aching, I do feel 100% better than I did an hour ago before I started. Watch out Shelley, Ima going to catch you!
I will write a blog post after every run to keep myself accountable to all my lovely blog readers. Maybe, I might inspire one of you the way Shelley inspired me. If you don’t see a blog post on C25K 3 times per week, feel free to call me out on it publicly via Twitter or on my blog. I need it!