I did my first run 2 weeks ago and it was rough. I could not get through the whole run, so I re-tried. I have complete week 1 with ease after that. And week 2 okay, but I really struggled with the third run.
I am trying to see if I should continue on to week 3 or redo the week 2 last run. I have found the heat nothing to worry about as I like to run in a wooded area. But different things are affecting my running.
About two months ago I was visiting family in Canada and my weight was up highest is ever was at 101kg. I have been having stress at work, money issues, my parents health issues (more from them not taking care of themselves) and I live in a shard house. I needed something to help.
I decided to try the couch to 5kg and I have been feeling better little by little. I run after work, Mondays and Wednesdays. Then Saturday afternoon or evening. I have been mapping my runs on mapmyrun.com but the distance are pretty close from 4.4km to 4.6km.
I'm not really expecting anyone to read this but some information if you do, I'm 27 years old, 173cm tall and was sporadically active as a child. I even completed a triathlon (1km swim, 12.6 bike ride and 4 km run) my final year of high school (aged 18). I moved to the UK two years ago. I love living in this city.
Now, for some numbers. At my top weight 101kg my BMI was 34, I am now 91kg, BMI 30.5. I have a goal weight in mind, 65kg (BMI 22) but I have a feeling that I will look sickly at that weight so my first goal is 80kg (BMI 27), then 75kg (BMI 25) lastly 70kg (BMI 23.5). I think that having a 'healthy' BMI is a good idea but there is also looking/being health.
I know how plans like this can really work with a little bit of other attention, I drink a minimum of 1.5l water at work, eat scrambled eggs for breakfast, eat soup for lunch even or dinner (Canada's summer can get up to 40deg C and winter a low as -20C). It is coming off slow but I hope that it stays off.
Last month, my dad told me that I have been lactose intolerant my whole life. Well it would have been better to know that, in my teens, or earlier. I think that now having to read every ingredient, (and knowing that it's not just milk, lactose but also whey that I have to stay away from) has decreased what I eat. I loved ordering in a Friday night pizza but can't now eat the cheese.
With all these different things accumulating in my life, the half hour I give my self for these runs has made such a different that in my mental health that my physical health has got better too. I just think that mental health can contribute majorly to the positive and negative affects on our lives with out having to know how bad it gets.
I want to end with one of my favourite quote's "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't.'' Elle Woods, Legally Blonde.