Why is this such a big deal, you ask? Let me backtrack a little.
I have never been one to run. Not as a kid, not as a teenager, and surely not lately. I just never liked to run. I played sports like softball and tennis so I moved, but didn't really run anywhere.
When I first started teaching at my current school, five years ago, a group of friends encouraged me to join them at the gym. I fell into the peer pressure and eventually joined. I was impressed by the way they all ran. I began walking on the treadmill, increasing my speed every workout, and finally jogged a little here and there. It was great having them cheer me on and I must admit that not wanting to fail in front of them gave me more reason to run. Then the gym thing got old and I eventually stopped going.
After joining Weight Watchers in 07 I did get a treadmill for home and consistently used it for walking, but never really jogged. I've always been interested in running though. I know it burns lots of calories and around here at the beach during the summer, all you see is people running. I would watch them and dream of being able to run...and of having their legs and butts!
However, no matter how much I envied them their legs I never considered, you know, actually running. Then I read about the Couch-to-5K over at The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans. I was intrigued. I checked it out, downloaded the first week, and decided to give it a try.
The first week started with intervals of 60 minute runs with 90 seconds of walking in between. The way I looked at it was that I could do anything for one minute and I DID. I finished the week successfully and I believe that is what motivated me to keep going. Week 2 then pushed a bit harder with 90 second runs, but 2 1/2 minutes of walking in between. I kept telling myself, "You can walk for 2 1/2 minutes, you just have to run for 90 seconds" over and over. When I finished week 2 successfully, I was ready to take on week 3. By the time I finished week 3, I found myself actually looking forward to running. I was enjoying the challenge and at the end of every run was so proud of myself that it kept me going for the next one!!
I can't believe that I am now on week 6 out of the 9 weeks of podcasts. I'm not going to lie and say that it has all been absolutely wonderful because let me tell you my first 20 minute straight run was not! Matter of fact I ended up having to walk for one minute in between. But, if you would have told me that I would be running the 19 minutes a couple months ago I would have laughed in your face.
So now I daresay that I could be considered a runner!!
WOW. I didn't think that word would ever be used to describe me.
It has a special ring to it, don't you think??
What about you?
Is there something that you didn't think you would ever be able to do, but did?
Are you like me and have thought about running, but thought you never could? If so, I challenge you to check out the Couch-to-5K program. If I can do it, then you can too!!