Well after my last post I had started walking instead of running. However I had that burning desire to run even while I was walking. So I dropped off the “official” plan but kept running. I’ve since committed myself to an actual 5K race so that motivates as well. I can run almost a full mile without stopping and have once done 3.12 miles in one run. Granted there was probably more walking than running towards the end of that but I still did it. It might not sound like much but coming from a place were I was sedentary most of the day and night, being able to run a 5K is a big accomplishment. Another added bonus of this exercise: my cholesterol has dropped 30 points and my blood pressure is right where it needs to be. Will I keep running after this race is done? Probably but not as frequently, especially with 4-6 months of winter on the horizon. As cliche as this sounds, if I can do it, anyone can. The big thing to remember when it comes to exercise of any sort: start small. Walk then run. Baby steps my friends. You can do it!
Well it appears as though I’ve lost the battle but not the war. My body starting giving me fits (my lower back and my knees) at the end of week four. I’m switching over to walking only until I can shed some weight and get into running shape. Week four was by far the toughest. I plan to continue the program but I need to heal up a bit first. For those of you in the program keep at it! It gets easier. And to those who run 5K races and longer, my hats off to you. I have a new appreciation for those that run.