Thursday, April 15, 2010

Still on Track

Well, I didn't make it to the gym yesterday, so that means I've already had both my rest days this week.  So Saturday I will have to go to the gym for sure, so I'll have to make sure to get there early enough to get a treadmill.  Saturday's get busy at the gym!  Hopefully now that the weather's nice that shouldn't be the problem it was a couple months ago; more runners will be doing their workouts outside.  As for me, I want to be able to run two miles before I take to the asphalt.

I went this morning and ran my slow little mile again.  The training schedule Weight Watchers gave us has me walking or running 10 minutes the first two days, then 12 minutes the next two, with a rest day in there.  My mile might take a hair longer than that, ahem... So in a few days the training schedule will catch up with my abilities and start pushing me a little more.  This training schedule is loosely based on Couch to 5K (C25K), a beginning running program, but without all the stops and starts.  I think that's because the WW training schedule is intended for someone to walk, not run, and it is allowing for people who are not exercising at all yet.  I did Couch to 5K several years ago when I first started running.  It was useful for me then because even though I was already in good shape, walking a great deal, I still found running intimidating.  I had trouble with C25K because all the starts and stops drove me nuts, I felt like stopping made beginning the next running segment even harder.  But I don't think I would have been successful in becoming a runner without it.  I fell in love with running after completing C25K.  I was never a long distance runner or a fast runner, but I loved it and still do.  When I've stopped running and had to recondition to get back into it, like I'm having to do now, I've found that as long as I go slow, I am always capable of running that first mile, at least physically.  It's the mental aspect that holds me back... a mile?  Am I sure I can do that?  I get past that by distracting myself with good music or if I'm really having trouble, doing math problems in my head.  Weird?  Maybe, but it works for me.  I am kicking myself for stopping running; I'm sure that plays a big part in gaining all this weight back.  But my non-running days are over, I'm back, and better for it.


Kelly said...

I did Couch to 5k too and I loved it but I liked the stop and start because it kept me from getting bored which I do very easily. It's a great idea to do a Weight Watchers program that does it differently if thats more for you.
As for what you said about mental stuff, running is like 80 % mental in my mind so I think distract yourself all you want :)

Cammy said...

How awesome that you found a conditioning program that works better for you! A lot of people would've just given up, but not you--kudos!

Agnes said...

Sound like you're doing great Liz. Have "fun" at the gym tomorrow.

Anonymous Fat Girl said...

I agree I think it's a lot of mental with RE: to running. At least it is for me! :)