imagesOn my quest to train for the Reindeer Romp, I decided to look into online suggestions for beginning runners. I quickly settled on “Couch to 5 K” because of its ease and routine.

In two months, I should be running just over 3 miles with no problem, if I stick to the plan.

Today was Day 1 of the program. After having run last night, I wasn’t sure it was a good idea to start C25K today in case my muscles were too sore. It’s been a while since I ran for any length.

But heck, by 8 a.m. it had already been a long day so powering through a training session sounded like a good move to burn off some stress.

I finally made it to the fitness room (henceforth referred to as the “gym”) about 2 p.m. to get my game on.

Water for hydration? Check. Paper towels to wipe off machines and sweaty brow? Check. iPhone and ear buds for distraction? Check. My workout was easier than yesterday, but I immediately realized I’m going to have to use an ankle brace or two (story for another day).

An ache in my left knee popped up and then went away just as quick. A cramp in my right side slid into motion for 10 seconds and then slithered back to the pit it came from. My lungs were screaming for air for their minuscule alveoli faster than I could suck fresh oxygen in.

But I did it.

I remembered to stretch before and after, and worked out for another 25 minutes before calling it quits. You can’t imagine the satisfaction I got when I saw the little sweat stain slung just under the neckline of my orange-sicle colored cami. Awesome! I’m officially a runner.

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