Monday, June 27, 2011
"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." -- John Bingham
I am back on the Couch to 5K plan. I missed running. I found out that over a winter of back to back illnesses I lost my conditioning and didn't know how to run without triggering my asthma. I am now on week 3 of this program and am feeling good. I have an app for my phone so I just chug along until the little bell dings in my ear so I don't even have to watch a clock, which is great. I can zone out and just go.
I have also added in a boot camp-style training program to build up some muscles. It is a hard three-day-a-week program that goes on for six weeks, so some weeks I drop my third weekly run and only manage to get two in.
For me, managing a workout program involves walking the tightrope of pushing myself hard enough to see results, but not too hard to trigger an asthma attack. I also have to leave enough in my tank to carry groceries and laundry during the rest of the day. (A great reason to do my workout first thing in the morning: the rest of my day keeps me moving enough that I can "actively recover" and not be too sore the next day)
I am not getting on the scale. I am watching my biceps blossom and my legs get sculpted. I find I crave healthy food when I am active so I am letting my body tell me what to eat.
I think it's working.