I hear people talking about how they "love" to run. Before, I always sniggered a bit inside at that, thinking, "that's great for you, but you must be some kind of crazy super-healthy mutant, because I sure as heck don't like running around and around the neighborhood, in pain and in bad weather - I will never LOVE any of it."
Some enthusiasts doing C25K even talk about how it is addicting, and how once you start, you won't want to stop, even after completing the program.
I seem well on my way to eating my words. I don't LOVE running, exactly. But after completing week 2, run 1 (that's right, not even two full weeks yet because I got sick),I find I am sliding down the precipice towards being hooked on running.
I meant to run today, Monday. But I couldn't wait. After a rest day on Saturday, I really wanted to run yesterday. Even though it meant leaving a movie marathon with friends early. Even though it was sooner than scheduled. Even though I was afraid of failing the week 2 program, and had been sick recently. At least as impressive is that my partner J. was totally up for it too.
So we said goodbye to our friends early, went home and changed, loaded up the new podcasts and went outside. It was sooo beautiful. I felt great as soon as I started walking, and was happy to be running again.
In taking Laura's advice about keeping to a light jog, I realize that I had been running faster and faster each time I went out before, so I was improving without really noticing. I slowed back down to my "slightly-bouncy walk" (my jog), with J literally walking along beside me. And it was still a bit challenging, but I made it for the 90 seconds. And then again. And again.
By the last interval, I found I had a fair amount of energy left over, so I ran considerably faster.... for the first 45 seconds. Even with the wheezing, I still completed the run, and I feel amazed that I could do it. I am proud of me.
Last night, in bed, I was idly wondering if I *really* had to have all those rest days forever. Maybe I can run more often when I am good and used to it?... I am keeping the rest days for now, for sure. But that I even considering running every day is a pretty huge change from three weeks ago, when I thought running was for hard-core athlete types.