Yesterday was just about the most beautiful day of the year, as far as I'm concerned.
It was overcast and grey in the morning, but that soon gave way to sun and blue sky around 3 PM. It was about 65 degrees out, and after spending the day in the kitchen, I impulsively decided "Let's do this!"
I downloaded the C25K (Couch to 5K) app, and left the sleeping baby with the sleeping husband and announced, "I'm going for a run!"
Almost exactly 6 years ago, I was probably completing a 20 mile run -- in preparation for the marathon. On Sunday, my neighbor (who is training for the marathon), drove by fresh off his 20 miler, and I felt such envy, remembering a time when I could do that too.
So 6 years later, I'm starting over, which is frustrating, but also better than NOT starting over. And let me tell you -- the C25K program has evolved a lot since my days of watching my Polar HR monitor like a stopwatch and trying to keep track in my brain of when to start walking and when to stop running and how many cycles to do and what my HR is and when did I start and how far have I gone, and what's the current value of the nation's gross domestic product and how many points have I eaten today and what do I have left for dinner.
You get the picture.
I downloaded this wonderful app, which makes it so easy it is laughable. You pick your trainer (I went with "Billie," who is described as a "no-nonsense non-cheerleader who will get you across the finish line)", hit start, and walk out the front door. The app pulls music in from your iTunes, and every interval, your trainer's voice is heard over it, coaching you through the next step. The coaching is as simple as "walk now", "jog now", and "cool down," and at the end, you get "workout complete, good job!"
I have to tell you, that "carrot" at the end -- the silly 'good job!' from an automated voice, really DOES feel good, similar to the silly gold star stickers they used to give out at Weight Watchers.
It was a great little workout -- to be honest, it was easier than I needed, but I really want to get back to the place where I can go knock out a 3-5 mile run, easy peasy, so I'm sticking to the training. I did tack on a 5 minute run at the end, before walking another 10 minutes, but other than that, I stuck to the intervals (walk 1:30; jog 1:00, for a total of 20 minutes, 5 minute warm-up and cool-down). When all was said and done, I'd been walking and running for about 45 minutes and 400 calories.
I got home sweaty but refreshed, and woke up this morning pain-free, thanks to some stretching.
I can't wait to go do it again.
I'm actually signed up for a 5k race this Saturday -- did I write about this before? A girlfriend and I are doing it; it is the Heart of the City 5K, in a neighboring suburb to mine. I impulsively signed up for it, thinking I'd just walk, but now I'm thinking maybe of intervaling it. We'll see -- but the weather should be great, and I figured it was a good way to motivate myself to stay sober on Friday, get up early for some exercise...
...and then go eat some eggs.
Off and running (for real, this time!),