Anyone who knows me knows I’m often heard saying, “I only run when my life is in danger… and even then, I weigh my odds.” I am not a fan of running. My body does not like it, and I have never felt that runners “high” everyone talks about – all I feel is stabbing pain and hatred.
But I have realized that my exercise regiment has gotten stuck in a rut lately, and my 20 minute elliptical routine barely even breaks a sweat now.
So yesterday I downloaded the “Get Running” app on my phone. This is a nifty little Couch to 5K app that eases you into a routine by alternating walking and running. The first session was 5 minutes warming up and then 8 intervals of running for one minute and walking for a minute and a half, then ending with a 5 minute cool down walk. Because the elliptical machine is kinder on my joints, I decided to do the intervals on the machine.
Wow. Butt. Kicked. It is definitely a challenge to really burst into a fast stride and maintain it for a minute. The minute and a half walking intervals seemed really short, and I almost gave up halfway.
Then I thought to myself, “Self. If you can just get to the end of this session, think of how pleased you will be with yourself.” So I soldiered through to the end and finished a sweaty, happy mess. The only drawback was, it got me late on my day, so when I do this in my next morning session, I need to hit the snooze one less time.
No, I realize this doesn’t quite make me a runner – but it’s a start!