I’m going to talk a little about what I’m doing for exercise. I have never been a fan of exercising, preferring to just try and be generally active e.g. walking everywhere, rather than specifically setting time aside to work out. Recently though, I have dabbled with Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred DVD, but have never done it for more than 4 days in a row, due to sheer laziness and lack of drive.
However, since I have decided to turn my life around, I have come to terms with the fact that exercise is going to have to become part of my life. I am very goal-orientated, so my husband and I have signed up to do the 12km run in the City to Surf event, here in Perth, on Sunday 28 August 2011.
My first training session took place on Tuesday of this week, and it went surprisingly well. I set off, iPhone in hand, with my Couch to 10k app launched (I skipped to week 3 as I the event is only 10 weeks away and the Couch to 10k programme is 13 weeks long). If anyone is unfamiliar with this training regime, like its shorter 5k cousin, it aims to build up stamina each week by initially only making you run for short bursts, with long walks in between, gradually increasing the length of the running segments and decreasing the length of the walking parts, until you can run the whole distance.
Before I set off, I was quite nervous. My lifestyle has been increasingly sedentary recently, particularly with the onset of the Aussie winter. Was I even going to be able to run for the 1 and a half minutes that were required of me? Was the 3 and a half minutes walking in between enough time for me to recover before I had to start running again? I pictured myself on the day of the race, finishing last out of thousands of people, having had to walk 95% of the course. But then the most amazing and unexpected thing happened….
Not only did I manage the first 1.5 minutes, I actually did not want to stop when the time was up. So I decided to ignore the app, and just carry on for as long as I could, really just as an experiment to see what my stamina is currently like.
I kept on going.
The reason I eventually stopped was because I had to get home to by hubby to cook our dinner, not because I felt like I couldn’t carry on (quite the opposite, I felt like I still had a lot left in me).
I looked at my Nike GPS app (seriously, how did I ever manage to do anything before I got my iPhone?!) and saw that I had run just over 4km, non-stop, in a time of 34 minutes. I almost fell over. That might also have had something to do with the fact that my legs simultaneously somehow managed to feel like jelly and lead. It has been years since I have been so proud of myself.
Yes, I know my pace is really slow, but my new mantra is ‘slow and steady wins the race’! I’m going to gradually increase my distance week-on-week, and once I’m sure I can run the whole distance, I will work on picking up the pace a little bit.
Unfortunately, I got a bit carried away when I was running and didn’t think to turn around at any point, oops! So I had aa 4km walk home in the rain, ha! Next time I will plan ahead and turn around after 3km or so.