Thanks to The Agnostics Wife and Alise Write I was motivated to get back out and get running. It’s been about six months since I last ran. Well let me be honest about it. What I do isn’t exactly running; it’s jogging. But hey, at least I’m out there.
I’ve never been much of a fitness buff. The first time I really attempted to get in shape was October of 2009. That’s when I started the Couch-to-5K program. It has you jogging a 5K in 9 weeks. When I decided to get back out there I thought I’d have to start back over at the beginning, but I didn’t, which I was excited about. I started at Week 3 and just did Week4/Day 3 a few minutes ago.
I was hot, sweaty, tired, and completely invigorated. I forgot just how awesome it was to feel like I’d accomplished something when I could say I’d done a week. I don’t have one of those fancy smartphones or iPod Touch devices so I have to time myself the old fashioned way-with a stopwatch. In the middle of the first 3 minute run I thought my lungs would collapse, did the 90 second walk, and settled in nicely for the next 5 minute run, 2.5 minute walk. Then I had to do it all over again. The second 3 minute run wasn’t bad, but by halfway through the second 5 minute run I wasn’t sure I’d make it. I wanted to know where the heck the oxygen was!
I almost didn’t get back out there, though. My big, black, clunky sports watch that had a heart rate monitor, and several different ways to time yourself, and a stop watch, and all sorts of other stuff that I never could even be bothered to figure out they did died on me. I’d been telling myself for three months I was going to get started again, yet I procrastinated until it’s hot as blue blazes outside. Any excuse I could come up with would do. Until I forced myself. Then I get out there and it isn’t so bad. In fact it’s liberating and empowering. I’m going to run….umm….jog a 5K in September.
What about you? Do you procrastinate, find excuses not to do things only to remember it’s not so bad once you’ve done it?