Tuesday, March 22, 2011

More of the waiting game...

Well, I went to the doctor yesterday and they took x-rays.  Must not have seen anything there, because he has now decided to send me in for a bone scan of my feet and legs to make sure I don't have a stress fracture.  I won't go into all of the details of how awful the doctor was, but I will say I will not continue to see this person if this ends up being a long term thing.

My appointment for the bone scan is not until next Tuesday, and I have been ordered to rest and not do any exercise until we have the results of the scan, so I am sidelined once again.  I'm supposed to get the results sometime on Thursday. 


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Week 2 - Round 2

Take 2
I've completed two days of week 2 in the Couch to 5K training.  I should have ran yesterday and didn't, so I should really run today, but I just ate supper and a hot fudge sunday (yeah, yeah, not the best eating this weekend).  We'll see if I run or not. 

I've been doing pretty well though.  Week 1 at a higher speed was pretty easy (I've gone up to 5.0 MPH).  Week 2 has been a little more difficult. And day 2 I hit the roads for the first time -- with the dog.  Between pulling my dog away from other dogs and the kids walking home from school, and dragging him with me when he wanted to stop and pee or smell something (he is a beagle, ya know) it was interesting.  I was defiantly more sore after that run, which is no surprise.  Wish I lived in a less hilly neighborhood! 

In other news, I signed up for my first 5K this week, it is on April 16th.  It sounds like it is a pretty easy track and it starts and ends at the local park.  I'm hoping daddy and children can hang out there and cheer me on :)

In anticipation of my first 5K, I decided I better make a Dr. appointment to check out my feet/ankles/calves to make sure I'm not doing more harm than good.  My theory is that I have flat feet and that is what is causing all of my pain.  I just hope they don't tell me I have to stop running, because as much as I hate it, I have stuck to this program longer than any exercise routine I have tried.  Don't believe me? Just go back to the beginning of this blog!

I have saved the best news for last...I have now lost 10 POUNDS!!!  Woo hoo!!!  To celebrate, I bought myself two new purses :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I'm back and kickin' some booty!!

Last Thursday I finally went to the gym to run after my two week detour.  I wasn't sure where to start, so I decided to let my body tell me when to stop.  After my 5 minute warm-up walk, I ran for 19 out of 20 minutes.  At the 15 minute mark, I decided I better walk for a little while but after a minute decided I could run for 4 more minutes.  Then I finished with a 5 minute cool-down walk.  I could have done more, but I figured I better take it easy for the first day back and see how my leg felt afterwards and the next day. 

The next day I felt great.  This weekend is a very busy weekend for me and I wasn't sure if I would be able to fit a run in or not...but after much debate in my head deciding if I should run at 9:00 at night or just go to bed, I decided to run.  About 1 minute into my warm-up walk, I knew I made the right choice - it felt good to be exercising!  Yes, I really did just say that!

Again I didn't know how long I was going to run for, but I was going to let my body and especially my leg tell me when to quit, but I at least wanted to run 20 minutes.  At about 10 minutes into the run I started to wonder if I could do 30 minutes.  At 20 minutes, I decided I could do at least 25.  At 25 minutes, I knew I could do 30 minutes.

I did it! I ran for 30 minutes straight, without hating any of it! 

My first 30 minute run (time includes warm-up & cool-down). Yes I realize I'm slow, but I'm short too!
Never was there the debate in my head about stopping or keep going.  I just wanted to keep going.  I even upped my speed for the last minute to try to run just a little bit further. 
There are two things I have learned about running from my 9 week journey.
  1. I am not Superwoman.  I am not going to be able to run at the same speed through the entire Couch to 5K program.  I must slow down if I am going to complete the long distances.
  2. Slow and steady wins the race, right?  For most people, running 30 minutes is running 3 miles.  Not so much in my world.  Running for 30 minutes got me just under 2 miles - short by about .10 miles.  But I need to forget that and look at what I have accomplished.  Nine weeks ago, I could barely run for 60 seconds at one time, and now I can run for 30 minutes.  How awesome is that??
What now?  I'm going to complete my 2 final days of running for 30 minutes and them I'm going to start over.  Yep, you read right...I'm going to do it all over again!  I'm going to up the speed a little bit so I can run faster.  And I need to find the perfect 5k to be my first!