Who knew back at the end of June when I started the Couch to 5K program that I’d fall in love with running?
Bear with me…I just feel like reflecting right now. Don’t worry…there’s a point and it ties in to today’s workout. I’d figured I’d be this reflective AFTER the half, or maybe during the taper, but it’s happening now. Maybe because so many of my Front Runner friends are tapering for the NYC Marathon on Sunday Taper Madness is in the air? Anyway…
I remember that first C25K workout well. I thought I was going to die. Then I questioned everything I’d been doing so far. I mean, I’d done ALL THIRTY DAYS – IN A ROW NO LESS…NO BREAKS – of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. I cussed like a sailor every day of the 10 days I was on Level 2, but I’d done them. I’d been doing Banish Fat Boost Metabolism and was adding in the plyo work. I had her Yoga Meltdown dvd and could do both levels of that (more cussing at rolling Ts – side planks where you move from one side to the other before landing on one for a sustained side plank). I think I’d even done No More Trouble Zones a time or two. I knew I still had weight to lose, but I felt like I was in some kind of shape.
I finished that first C25K workout – after a 5 minute warm up, 60 seconds of running followed by 90 seconds of walking…and repeat for 20 minutes – and wondered how the hell someone who had literally been a couch potato could do that! Surely I wasn’t THAT out of shape! Look at all I’d been doing!
I continued through the program as prescribed and rejoiced when I got to solid runs (or at least easier to keep up with intervals) not because I was running for that length of time (though that was exciting) but because I could use MY music that I wanted rather than the craptastic techno junk on the podcasts I found. But still, it was just a piece of my workout puzzle.
I ran my first 5K and liked it. I liked the camaraderie and the challenge. I liked setting a goal and going for it.
And I got tempted by some twitter friends who were completing the Coast to Coast Challenge at the same time by running the Disneyland Half… Before Labor Day weekend was over, I’d registered for the Disney World Half Marathon.
And then I set about scheduling my training. Enter John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield’s book Marathoning for Mortals. I – to paraphrase…or really quote the Book of Common Prayer – read, marked, learned, and inwardly digested that book. I decided on the Run/Walk a Half Marathon plan and carefully put it into my calendar. I was ready!
Around this time, my half-marathon-running-partner-to-be Seth entered the picture. He’s a friend of my sister’s and decided it sounded like fun and said he’d run it with me! 🙂 This led to a bit of a freak out by my sister when Seth and I friended each other on FB. I’m not sure she’s totally ok yet, but it’s all good! 🙂 Love you Andrea!! (BTW, Andrea and I will be walking the Buzz and Woody’s Best Friends 5K together the day before the half! SO proud that Andrea’s doing it!!) So that gave me a partner for the race, but what about here in NYC? I mean, I’m cool with running alone, but…
Enter Front Runners New York – THE LGBT running club in NYC! I went to my first fun run – a lot nervous about how I’d fit in. After all, I was a “baby runner”. I didn’t want to annoy the member who got paired up with me for that first fun run – but I needn’t have worried as Sandi was wonderful and very welcoming. And she still introduces me to people at events – even if we’ve already met. It’s fun! I felt welcomed AND challenged AND supported! I’d found my running home. Even if my runs right now are still alone, I’m part of a group in the park, and that’s something! If the newsletter was online and not emailed I’d include a link to that – I got featured in one of the sections…talking about being new and how that felt, etc.
Where am I going with this?
I’ve fallen in love with running! Seriously!
I remember reading in MfM about how I’d probably want to run on my rest days or my x-t days, but John and Coach Jenny stressed how important those rest days and those x-t days are. So far, other than having to switch a run and rest day because of a doctor’s appointment, I’ve been ok.
All I wanted to do today was go for a run.
Today was an x-t day.
I just kept repeating to myself that there’s a reason for the schedule as it is, and I don’t want to hurt myself by overtraining. And I reminded myself that I will be doing a walk in the park tomorrow as it’s the first Wednesday which for FRNY means Wild Women Wednesdays – so us women are “in charge” tomorrow…and I got peer pressured into going.
So I compromised. I did Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown – but only Level 1. It’s a little more athletic…and fit into the time frame since I didn’t want to be going past 6pm with my workout because I stil needed to eat and didn’t want to do that too late since I go to bed early (I know…I complicate things so much sometimes!).
I liked it – and even did the rolling Ts with narry a curse (thanks to Bob’s eternally held side planks!).
But I really wanted to run.