Today I began the Couch to 5k program. Week one is: run 60 seconds, walk 60 seconds for 20 minutes (with a warm up and cool down). Simple enough.
On minute 8 or so I began thinking that week one just wasn't for me. I mean, come on, walking more than running? I haven't been a couch potato. I exercise at least three times a week - if not all five work days. I can just skip these first few days of the program.
By minute 11 or so, I was glad I kept on trucking. My legs and heart were starting to burn. I could feel the strain on my body. It was the perfect combination - strained, but not exhausted
When I was on my final 60 second run, I ran harder and faster than I had before. It felt great. Exhausted, I was happy to walk off the treadmill and feel a little bit accomplished.
Running isn't exactly my thing, but I'm going to try and keep with this. I like feeling accomplished and I need more of it. Plus, just like I said it would, totally totally rocked (calories wise). And if I hadn't had a goal, like running, I know that I would have eaten more of those delicious Trader Joe's swiss almond cookies.