I’ve mentioned before that I have started the C25k program. My first attempt was in January and I was trying to run outside but I was too paranoid. Then I started up again in March after we purchased our treadmill. That went well until we had family come into town to visit (I didn’t want to run with an audience) and we also thought I was pregnant (I had a false positive on a pregnancy test, it through us for an emotional loop), so I made it through the first week then stopped the program. I kept walking & running but was feeling like crap as I did and afterwards.
So I took a little break.
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Before starting up again I bought an armband for my iPhone and some of those earbuds with the “hooks” that go around your ear so I could get completely lost in my music and wouldn’t have to hold my phone. Those two little changes make a world of difference. Now I can completely tune out the outside world and not having to hold my phone makes it easier to run too. I have the C25k app and it tells me when to run and when to walk. Not having to watch the time makes the intervals go by faster and makes it easier to get into my running zone. Tonight I completed my farthest distance, it was only two miles, but I am a complete beginner. I have never run before this. When we had to run in high school I would just walk – P.E. was not one of my better subjects (unless we were playing softball/baseball or volleyball…I kind of kicked ass at those).
I firmly believe that slow and steady wins the race. I will slowly increase my speed, which will slowly increase the distance I run and overall I will slowly reach my goal. I’m giving myself one year to lose about 30 pounds. If I get there sooner, then great, but I am not going to obsess over it.
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My ultimate goal with running (and eating better) is to lose weight for my health. Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol all run in my family and taunt me. They saw the direction I was headed in, but I also saw where I was headed and I never want to meet those three foes.