Well, that didn’t last long

My knee is telling me that this running thing isn’t going to work out. I waited until Sunday to run again after Tuesday, and I only made it through half the run before I had to stop. It wasn’t a matter of being tired; I can work with tired, I can work through tired, I’ve proved that to myself, even if I haven’t gotten very far in the program. But I don’t want to work through pain that might be doing me actual harm in the long term. I’ve never had knee problems, and I don’t want to start now! So I guess that’s the end of that. I’ll just have to try something else.

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My knees hurt. I’d like to keep them, thanks.

I think I’m going to go find some nice shock absorbing insoles. And probably not run tomorrow.

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Week 1, Day 2

I actually woke up before my alarm went off this morning. I was worried I’d ignore my alarm, but getting up was easy this morning. The run was easier than the first, but only a little. Breathing was easier. My muscles warmed up and didn’t hurt much once I got started. One of my knees didn’t like the run too much, so I took it easier. I took water with me this time, and I was glad I did.

Breakfast was scrambled eggs + salmon flavored cream cheese on a bagel. Tasty! I probably didn’t need to get up quite as early as I did, I had more time than I needed, but it was nice not to be in a hurry. Ate breakfast and read my webcomics and twitter, and had some time to relax.

I feel like I’m going to run out of steam today. Like maybe I’ll need a power nap over my lunch break. Early mornings are hard. I hope it gets easier.

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A Journey Begins

Hello, I’m Sarah. I am an overweight, sedentary 20-something living in the Midwest. I started a C25K program yesterday. I probably won’t follow it to the letter, and will repeat weeks sometimes, and I’ll screw up. I’m starting this blog to hold myself accountable, to chronicle my successes, and maybe to share my experiences with others, if there are others who are interested.

I did my first run yesterday (Sunday) morning when I woke up around 9:30. It was warmer than I would have liked, but mostly I’ll be doing it much earlier, at least during the week. I won’t give up my Sunday mornings with no alarm clock, though. I picked up a SPIbelt because I knew I’d want to keep my phone with me and my workout clothes don’t have any pockets. I’m using the Get Running app for Android on my Nexus 4. I meant to take my Fitbit, too; I fell out of using it a couple of months ago, but I thought it might be satisfying to see the differences on my run days. I forgot to charge it up, though. I’m going to start using it tomorrow.

So I got up, got dressed, got outside, and almost chickened out. Week 1 on Get Running is 8 runs, 1 minute each; 1.5 minutes of walking between runs. The first run was surprisingly easy. I’m in terrible shape, I have to mention. But after the first run, it got harder and harder. I got very winded. It was hard to catch my breath during my walks. But the walk was just long enough that when it was over, I felt ready to run again. The timing was very good. It actually worked out perfectly. I went around the block several times during the runs, and by the time I came to the end of the runs, I was about 5 minutes walk from home, perfect for the cool down period.

After walking the cool down, I felt that I had cooled off considerably. But when I got inside, I was really uncomfortably hot. I ended up standing in a lukewarm shower for a good half hour trying to get cooled off. But once I had cooled down, and gone about my day, I realized I feltĀ fantastic. I’ve never felt that way from exercise before, ever.

I’m so sore today. Every muscle in my body hurts. Ankles, calves, thighs, abs, back, butt, arches of my feet, even my biceps. I think I’m going to keep doing Week 1 for a couple of weeks. I’m in terrible shape and I don’t want to overdo it. But I don’t want to lose momentum, either. Day 1 felt great.

My current plan is to run Sundays when I get up, Tuesday/Thursday early before work. And to keep writing about it.

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