Soooooo I think I figured out my issue with C25K last night. I know this is probably wayyyyyy over-psycho-analyzed (if that's even a term), but here's my theory:
In middle and high school, I was ALWAYS the slowest mile-runner. Even behind kids who were far heavier than me. Granted, I was never an athlete of any sort really, but it was all a mental thing looking back. The more kids passed me, the slower I ran, and the more I convinced myself I sucked at running and I hated it. C25K is timed, just like the mile was in high school. So when I have a timer in front of me counting down how much longer I need to run, I start to psych myself out. Yes, I could just turn my phone over and not look at it, but knowing it's there and it's timing me and I might not be able to make it through an interval is enough for me to get stressed and make up excuses.
So tonight, I just got on the treadmill and did my own thing. I'm not exactly sure how long my intervals were, but I know I generally wouldn't stop jogging at one time unless I got through an entire song (btw, Pitbull radio on Pandora=awesomeness). I think the longest I ran at one time was 4-5 minutes, but I still did it. And I didn't include a 5 minute cool-down in the 30 minutes I was on the treadmill, so I got further and ran more than I have been on the program. Maybe I'm just not a C25K girl. Or maybe I will be after I convince myself I can do it.
My legs still do hurt a lot when I run though. But I guess the only way for that to get better is to not have as much weight coming down on them and to make them stronger at the same time.
Mama Laughlin's post today was amazing and inspiring, and just what I needed to pump me up about this whole thing again. When the going gets tough, the tough BETTER get going if they don't want to die of heart disease at 50 years old! OK maybe that's a little dramatic, but I don't care. I'm not going to be overweight for the majority of my adult life. I'm going to get in shape NOW while I'm young, and start forming healthy habits now so when I have kids, I can pass it on and not continue to literally feed the problem of childhood obesity in America.
Oh, and btw, I haven't had fast food in a month. That's a big deal, y'all!
That's all for now.