I am two weeks into my couch to 5k program, and am surprised by myself. No, I can't say I have quite developed a love for running, nor do I think I ever will. I don't necessarily enjoy my runs, but I do enjoy the 30 minutes to myself to process the day and to work off some energy. I am also surprised by myself that it is actually getting easier. For some reason I just assumed it wouldn't.
My first day on the program was not fun. In fact, the first 30 second running interval was killer! This week I worked up to 90 second running intervals. Now, my 45 second running intervals seem like a breeze, and I just mentally prepare myself for each 90 second run. Next week I start running 3 minutes at a time. I am scared. I know this seems like peanuts to some of you, but running 3 minutes continuously will be reason for celebration for me. I might die. In fact, I am very certain there are going to be times I think I won't live to make it back home. I have just kept telling myself that I don't need to run the fastest...I just need to complete.
Now, onto frustrations. Some of you avid runners may be able to help me with this. First, I feel that I have been going on two weeks of running and making better diet choices, yet not a pound has dropped from the scale. I have been measuring inches and haven't had much change there either. What gives? I am not a patient person, and I need small glimpses of motivation to keep me going. I can't say that I have ever really combined diet AND exercise in order to tone up and shed a few pounds, so I naturally thought that I would be dropping weight like crazy. I know that I am building muscle, but when do results start to become obvious? I just keep telling myself that if I stick with it I will see results.
Next, (again for you avid runners), do I need to buy a new pair of "running" shoes. I have a pair of Pumas that I think are considered cross-trainers. Is this sufficient, or no? I don't like to spend a lot of money, so if I can use what I have I am more than thrilled. I guess I am curious if buying shoes specific for running will actually make a huge difference or not.
Lastly, what should be eaten before a run and after a run? How much water should I be drinking right before? I worry too much water will give me side cramps, and I don't' know what to eat afterwards that will make the most of my run and not completely make it worthless.
Clearly, I am a novice at all of this. I wish that running was as simple as putting on a pair of shoes and taking off for 30 minutes. The more I have been reading, the more I realize that I might be making things harder for myself by not fully preparing the right way.
At this point I am 25% of the way through the program and I am impressed by myself. I was actually more excited that Belle grabbed my headphones yesterday and said "Mom, I want to run with you." I have always been a strong non-running, anti-exerciser, but it's clear that my girls are watching what I am doing. I may not like this running business much, but Belle's comment makes it all worth it.