You know how everyone, their grandmother and their dog is into fitness these days?
I got sucked into the same thing, partly because of MiddleAgedWarrior.
Except…it’s not a gym I’m going to. You need more than two dimes to rub together to make that happen and since I have none, not an option. Besides, gyms are boring. Boo.
A few weeks back, before my partner got sick, he was put on a program by his physiotherapist that mimics the couch-2-5km plan. It involves running and walking at specific intervals.
He asked me if I was interested in joining the program.
Initially I said no. Main reason? I am a morning person and he is not. He exercises at night whereas I prefer to do
all most of my active activity prior to it getting dark. Besides, most evenings belong to youth sports…
Exercising at night is probably not going to inspire me to keep at it. I know this about myself…
But his plan, the running thing, slowly sorta-kinda grew on me a little.
Except, I’m not really a runner. Never did like it much before…
Then other people started talking about running. Bloggers blog about it, a few moms in the ‘hood are preparing for marathons, even my 12yo daughter runs. She just completed the second 3km race through the school cross-country team. 🙂
Everywhere I look there’s someone running.
So I thought, I may as well join in on the
Now is the prefect time to start since the weather is still pleasant enough, and we just came out of a string of birthdays and Thanksgiving which always involves a lot of eating. Too much eating.
First step I took was load an app. It’s called the 5K Run app. I did this on Wednesday.
I can prove it:
There it is, next to my Google Fit app, which used to track my steps when I did my dog walking. And next to that is my Clue app which tracks my cycle.
All the pertinent data in one place. 🙂
So then, I looked at the inside of the 5K Run app. This is what it said:
Doesn’t look too earth-shatteringly difficult now, does it?
Thing is, as I said before, I’m not really a keen runner. Never have been. But I’m kind of stumped here on what to do because after all the feasting in the past two weeks or so I actually feel kind of out of sorts. And given I’m not exactly a spring chicken, I need to do something to keep the weight from weighing me down, so to speak.
The bike trails I frequent are perfectly acceptable running trails too, and if I don’t want to run on those, I can power-walk on those, and if not, there are paved trails, and sidewalks through the neighbourhood, and other parks…
There is no excuse.
I was going to start on Thursday. I had my app, I have my running shoes…
I didn’t start on Thursday. 🙄
I allowed myself one day for excuses. I had a bunch ready: the weather was crap, it was cold and wet, there were too many arguments with teenagers that day, I was hungry/tired/bloated/uncomfortable/would rather take a nap…
I started on Friday. Here’s proof:
My Friday morning went something like this:
Because of the Thursday arguments where I ranted about lunch bags and thermoses not washed and ready for me to fill on Friday morning, I had empty lunch bags and clean thermoses to fill on Friday morning. This avoided yet another argument and mad dash to get all their shit together so they could get out of my hair. I was completely present for my little
maniacs treasures in order to get them out and off to school on time, which included a wave at the door for both (yes, even the argumentative one waved to me ❤ ). Then, finally, they were gone and I donned my running shoes, a hoodie (it was cold, but not rainy), and left.
I learned 3 things right from the get go:
First, following the app exactly is not crucial. The point was to get started. I did do the warm-up in the form of a power walk up to the park near the apple orchard, and then I ran around the apple orchard in the designated times indicated (60 seconds running, 90 seconds walking for 6 intervals). It wasn’t hard, nor perfect, but I managed more or less. I just counted to 60 or 90 in my head. 🙂
Second, I realized that the apple orchard, although lovely at this time of year, is too busy. There’s a road that intersects the park (the orchard is small, maybe about 20 trees) which was full of cars driving toward the college parking lot at the south end of the park. Distracting. And, there were a lot of dog walkers out and about as well. The looks the dogs gave me was more distracting than the look from the old men who were walking their mutts. One overweight Rottie in particular kept staring at me. Her owner, an equally overweight older man, was far ahead near a coffee shop but she just sat and stared at me as I ran past her. Maybe she wanted to run with me. 😛
Third, and most importantly:
Next time, the second cup of coffee will have to wait until after I return from the run.
🙃 ☕ 😶
So we’ll see. I hope to keep it up. My first run was not hard, but over the course of the week(s) it will get longer, and harder, I suspect.
Tell me, what’s are you doing through the winter months to stay fit?