Have I mentioned that I started running? Well, I did. I am not athletic, never have been, but something possessed me to run. I don’t remember exactly when I started, maybe last February? I know it was cold. That I remember.
At the beginning of April I formally started the couch to 5K program. The first few weeks were a breeze since I already had a bit of light running under my belt, but it didn’t take long for it to be a challenge. I actually did this program back when Lily was a baby, but that was before apps. We had to use a stopwatch to keep track of our invertals! Having an app tell you when to walk and run makes it so much easier.
By the end of May I ran my first 5K. I wasn’t at the end of the training program yet, but I did it anyway. Finishing that race was quite an accomplishment.
I stayed with running about 3 miles for a few weeks, but that was getting boring. I got all crazy and downloaded the 10K training app. I did the first week with no problem. Wahoo! And then I got hurt (big sad face!).
Man, running is rough on my body. I had to ease off and rest. Stupid bursitis in my hip. While I was resting I tried to do some other workouts to add strength. One day at lunch I decided to climb the stairs. Because I had been running, my endurance was great - I climbed those stairs for 20 minutes. And then I couldn’t walk for a week. My goodness, that was painful!!
Hip, calves, sometimes knee, it seems like it’s always something. I’ve accepted that aches and pains are just part of it for me. As long as I don’t run 2 days in a row, I’m good. I need a good 48 hours of rest in between runs.
It has been a slow recovery, but I’m back to 2-4 miles, sometimes as much as 5, depending on how I feel that day, and how hot it is. Have I mentioned that it is flipping HOT down here right now? And humid? Yuck. In some ways I’m a little discouraged that I haven’t made much progress over the last 6 weeks or so, but looking back at where I started, I’ve come a long way.
I’ve still got my eye on a 10K. I’ll get there eventually, just now right now. I can’t wait to see what kind of progress I’ll make once it cools down a bit, as long as I can stay healthy. I may complain about my aches and pains, but it hasn’t stopped me. I’ve finally found an activity that I enjoy and I look forward to the time I get to spend doing it.