I did it!! I went out for a run last night!! After three long weeks of making plans and just as many excuses, I finally got back out there. The weather was beautiful, the track was completely empty, and there was a wonderful cool breeze keeping me company. I put on my music, and then strapped my arm strap on. I just have to mention, that I can now wear my phone strap around the top of my arm...and it's not tight at all!! When I first bought it, I couldn't strap it around my bicep - because it wouldn't fit. Now, it goes on with ease, and straps on well. Anywho - music is on, and off I went.
I walked a mile, just like I planned. Then it was time to run a mile. I ran for about two minutes, and then that wonderful voice of mine said "I don't think we're going to make it a mile". I had to agree. My legs were screaming after 2 1/2 minutes. So rather than just give up, I decided to break the last 2 miles up with walk/ run increments. I ran as long as I could, and then I would walk for 30 seconds. After the third mile, I was running for about 30 seconds and walking for a minute. I decided to stop running, but I wasn't ready to stop walking. I figured, if I couldn't run a full mile - I would make myself walk more...and so I kept walking. I did another mile, and then I was happy. I felt like I had pushed myself, got in a great work-out, and realized how my not running for three weeks had affected me. Three weeks ago, I was running a full mile in about 13 minutes. Now, I'm not able to run a full mile - I could of probably just kept "bouncing" at a slow jog, but I feel like I get a much harder work-out if I run hard for a while and then walk if I have to. With that said, I've already changed my run plans. Until my agility is back up, and I'm running (not jogging) the full mile again, I will continue to walk the first mile and then walk/run the second two miles, and then walk another mile.
I really feel great this morning. Despite having Zoe in bed with us last night, and my sleeping in a mangled mess causing me to wake up feeling anything but fully rested, I feel good. Working out Friday night and then running yesterday has given me back the feeling I've been missing for way too long. I've missed the feeling of accomplishment. No, working out isn't always the most fun thing in the world, but I know that I can't reach my goals without it. Being in hiatus for three weeks hasn't affected my weight too much, but it has affected my body. I really liked feeling myself getting stronger, fitter, and I felt my body was looking better because of it. Not being able to run a full mile last night really made me realize that I can't just stop whenever I feel like it - to get lean and strong, I have to work at it ALL OF THE TIME!! Like my wonderful Bob says "I want to be a lean, mean, fat-burning machine" and to do that, I need to be working out CONSISTENTLY!
So, great, I did my run. Realized it affected me. Must work harder. Now - who wants to see an updated progress pic? Oh, you do? Great!! Cause I just happen to have one that I took before going on my run yesterday. First, let's start with the "starting pic":