Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The First Step is the Hardest (sigh)

Okay, I must preface this post by stating the obvious. I am not, nor have I ever been, a runner. I don't enjoy it and don't do it gracefully. My face flushes at the slightest physical exertion and sweat begins rolling. Not pretty.

BUT...running just may offer the best "bang for the buck" that I need when it comes to exercise. Doc Hodges wants me to do an hour of "vigorous" exercise a day. One. Hour. A. Day?! That will kill me in my present state, so I am attempting to get moving more by running a little at a time and gradually building up my endurance. I've done two days of running now. The first day I ran 1/2 mile without stopping and walked 1/2 mile. I must say I was proud of myself because I didn't think I could make it a full lap before having to walk. Last night I ran a lap, then walked 1/2 lap on and off so that I ran a total of 1 mile and walked 1/2 mile before I was done in. In my defense, it was rather hot and humid last night. I may need to switch to early morning runs.

My friend, Marcy is getting started, too. Hopefully we can inspire and motivate each other into fitness. Heaven knows, I really need it!


Erin_Skidmore said...

check out the couch to 5K program! Good luck!!!!

Lisa Smith said...

I'm right there in the same boat with you! I have started running too, trying to whip my bum into good enough shape for the women's fitness 5k. I want to try running outside on a track instead of the treadmill. It's too boring for me. Lets keep each other going!

Lisa Smith said...

Oh, and when I said I started running, I was using the term loosely. Very. More like bumbling along ;-)

Jessica said...

Erin, thanks for the info!
Lisa, I dont' have any lofty goals as far as running goes, but I do want to run the entire Women's Fitness 5k in September!