I started running...again. Last spring, my best friend
Our first race was an 8K to "Save the Grist Mill" in our hometown. I didn't really train for this. I mean, how hard could it be to run a little over 5 miles??!! Well, I managed to cross the finish line, panting, red-faced and as close to death as I have ever been. I was drenched with sweat. It was fun...after I was all finished and headed to the house to ice my aching joints. I just kept thinking, "I'm too young for my joints to ache like this!"
In April of 2011, we headed out to the Talladega Superspeedway for our Half Marathon. I really think that your adrenaline gets you through several of the miles in a race. I got past the 3 mile mark and it became a lot easier for me. Around mile 7, my left knee was about to give out on me. I kept pushing, and pushing and pushing. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. I felt so accomplished when I crossed that finish line. I did not have a great finish time- I believe I was somewhere in the 2 hours and 53 minute range BUT I FINISHED!
I ran that half-marathon for my Dad and my Step-dad. They are both prostate cancer survivors and it was a race to raise money for prostate cancer research. My goal is to run another half for juvenile diabetes research. My husband was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 17 years old. There has to be a cure out there. It's a terrible disease with sometimes detrimental outcomes. I am proud to say, my husband has really turned over a new leaf when it comes to taking care of himself. He is doing such a good job. That makes me a happy wife (and a happy nurse that happens to be his wife).
Wish me luck as I get back out on the pavement. My knee was already hurting me after my first run yesterday! I have come up with a plan that I hope will work for me. I work on Tuesday's and Thursday's so I don't have as much time on those days. Ripped in 30 will actually become Ripped in 90 but I get really bored with the same thing every day!
Monday- c25k, 10 minute pilates arms
Tuesday-Ripped in 30
Wednesday-c25k, p90x abs
Thursday-Ripped in 30
Saturday-10 minute pilates legs, p90x abs
I'm sure I won't be 100% faithful to this schedule. It will just be a guide for me. I think as long as you are active, even for 10 minutes a day, it is better than nothing! I will try my best to stick to this schedule and hopefully I can shed this last 20 pounds of baby weight!
What do you think? Is this a good plan? I'm just trying to keep my ADD in check :) Gotta switch it up now and then!