So, I have this crazy neighbor. Let's call her Maria. She's 5 months pregnant. And she wants to keep running. Her running friends have all moved away so she went recruiting. I was one of her first targets. What better way for a big pregnant lady to run, than with her totally out of shape, hasn't done any exercise for years friend! I don't know why I agreed. But she's crazy so I did.
I have now officially finished Week 4 of the Couch to 5K training program. The first two weeks I thought I would die. But each run got a little easier. Not a lot easier, but a little. Enough that I notice it. Good enough for me.
Our first race is in 6 weeks. I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I'm actually going out 3 nights a week in order to train for a race. Because I hate running. It's good for me though so I keep doing it. We are TRYING to wake up and run in the mornings before our husbands leave for work, but she's tired because she's pregnant and I'm just tired so usually we go at 9:00pm when it's cooled down to 97 degrees or so. No joke.
If you are at all interested in getting started I would suggest two things:
First, get one of the Couch to 5K apps. There are several to choose from. When I run I take my iPod Touch and some lovely British lady tells me when to walk and when to run. Actually, she's not lovely. I don't like her very much. She causes me pain.
Second, get yourself a crazy friend. The kind that will show up at your door and drag you out if necessary. If you can find a pregnant one that works even better because then you think, "If she can do it, so can I."
I've lost weight and my clothes are fitting much better. Between the running and our GAPS diet, I just might get healthy!
And if I, a 38 1/2 year old, 190 pound (now 178 pound) couch potato can do it, so can you.