|I swear, I didn't plan this.|
Since I haven't run in months, I decided easing into it with Active's Couch-to-5k app would be the best option to get used to the habit of running. I realized I could run RunKeeper to track my progress, Couch-to-5k for the play-by-play coaching, and FitRadio (a non-stop playlist) all at the same time, so off I went. An easy 30 minutes of alternating between jogging and walking. Easy, right?
By 10:15 this morning it was already in the mid to high 70's and, considering I sweat laying on the couch, I hadn't even made it through my warm up walk before I was ready to jump in the pool. I kept reminding myself that I was only running for a half an hour and I could make it through half an hour of sweating, but the first mile was rough. In the past, running any length of time has caused a burning sensation in my calves and almost always shin splints, but after a good 2 or 3 minutes that totally eased away. Could it be because I'm in proper shoes? (Answer: tentative yes.)
By the time I started my last jog, I actually felt like this running thing wasn't that terrible. Sure, I was a little out of breath, and I was definitely sweating like I had run a marathon, and I really just wanted to stop and eat a cheeseburger, but it wasn't THAT bad.
I definitely yelled a victory whoop when I saw this (and then got a really weird stare from one of my neighbors):
|Definitely my favorite part of running.|
|Sweaty, but smiling!|
One run down. Many, many more to go.
Mileage: 2.25 mi
Total time: 34:23 min