A few years back I got into running. I even ran (with a lot of walking) a half marathon, though technically I never finished — at 95 degrees they shut down the timer before I crossed the finish line.
Flash forward a few years and I can’t even run 60 seconds, so I’m starting all over and doing the couch to 5K program. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a great way to slowly ease into running by alternating running and walking until you build up to 3.1 miles. Last night I finally went to the health club and hopped on the treadmill. I’m taking it pretty easy and will probably add a few weeks to the 9 week program. That’s the great thing about C25K, you can change it up, add weeks, go faster if you like. I want to do everything I can to avoid the shin splints and plantar fasciitis that crept up on me before.
Even so, I nearly died. Running is hard work, especially at 325 pounds. That famous runner’s high you hear about is actually quite easy to achieve when you’re an out of shape mess. By the time I finished I was practically delirious from the lack of oxygen to my brain. But I finished! Woot. Counting my warm up and cool down I went 1.63 miles in 27 minutes.
Now I’ve got to do it again. And again. And Again. I can’t wait until a few months in when running becomes fun. I downloaded a bunch of podcast on writing from some of my favorite authors. That should keep me motivated in the mean time.
I might be blogging on here a little less (but still at least twice a week). I’ve rededicated myself to focusing on this year’s goal — getting healthy. And new freelance jobs are trickling in. There’s a chance I may land a big one. I’ll find out soon. That will mean less time for free writing and more time spent getting paid. This Week in Vegan News may be put on hold for awhile, and I’ve still got to watch the other 16 documentaries so I can finish Vegan Movie Madness! I will get to it, in time.
Now off to make some delicious-looking tomato recipes I found for an upcoming Blog War!