Something huge and strange happened today. I did Couch to 5k day one, and I actually enjoyed it. This is the third time I’ve attempted C25k in years gone by and the other times were a huge struggle, I hated that voice that told me to start running, and my ankles and calves were swollen to a frightening degree. I don’t think I ever made it beyond a couple of days before. But yesterday evening I felt this strange urge to jog, so this morning I tried again.
I set up a horseshoe shaped “track” for myself across the living room, around the dining room, down the hallway and through my bedroom so I could do it while my daughter was sleeping and also so I could avoid running outdoors because
- I am not ready to be scrutinized by passersby while I struggle through my sweaty, snail-paced jog, and at this size I totally would be
- If I couldn’t make it and needed to collapse I’d be within steps of the couch (I didn’t!)
- I don’t have real running shoes and I think running in the shoes I have would be a lot harder than running barefoot.
But anyway, it was pleasant! When that voice told me to start running I wasn’t even mad, not once. And when the cooldown started I was surprised because I thought I’d have a couple more spurts of jogging to do. The insides of my ankle area and the tops of my feet did swell up a little afterward, but nothing big, and I expect to try day 2 on Friday. I will say that a major difference this time is that I wasn’t really starting from the couch. I’ve been doing a lot of walking these days.
As for today, during the workout period I covered about 1.4 miles. A real 5k is 3.1 miles, so there’s obviously a lot of room to grow. And I think my jogging was slower than my walking, but whatever, progress. The good news is that I was able to do this without much knee pain. I have knee pain that prevents me from jumping and makes climbing down stairs painful. It didn’t show up much during the walk/run, though I did feel some pain in one knee during the jogging portions. It wasn’t very bad, so I hope it won’t prevent me from continuing this program.
For breakfast I had a mini pita with hummus, 5 Points Plus.
And after the morning walk/run, a maple yogurt for 5 Points Plus.
Then it was my 30 day arm, butt, and thigh challenges for 1 activity point.
Canned ravioli for lunch, 9 Points Plus.
For dinner, I stopped at McDonald’s and tried the new buttermilk crispy chicken sandwich, 15 Points Plus. It was the first time I’ve ever had a fast food item that looked as good in person as it does in the ads. I thought it was delicious, and did not feel that blah feeling that sometimes comes after eating fast food.