Yes, I finally hit Week 2 in the Couch to 5K program. It must be the new capri running tights! ;-)
It was 57 degrees this evening so I didn't have to bundle up and that felt so good. I bought myself a new set of earbuds with a little hookiedo that goes around the ear--the only thing holding my old ones in was my cold weather earband. So, off I go. Week 2 is a 5 min warm up walk, 90 seconds of running and 2 minutes of walking for 20 min, and then a 5 min cool down walk. The first 90 seconds I was suuuuuucking wind and I thought to myself, "Self, you may not be ready for this." Self answered, "Bullshit. This is run #10, of course I'm ready!" She was right. The runs got easier as I went along and by the second half of the workout I was feeling fab. When my iPhone said, "Cool down." I stopped, took off my pool shoes and socks and ran another 90 seconds or so barefoot--it felt so good--strangely better than the entire run! Huh. Who knew.
I felt little twinges in my calves, knees, arches throughout the runs. Each time I felt something weird I adjusted my stride in various ways: shortening my stride, landing slightly more forefoot, keeping my ankles loose, etc and each time the twinge would go away. Whew. I'm hanging in there!
It's been nearly a week since Run 9 (the one on grass, asphalt, and concrete)--the reason? It took me forever FOREVER! to stop aching after that one. That grass was horrible on my body! I'm going to have to go super slow adding that to runs--like literally several steps at a time.
In other good news--the running tights I bought were...are you ready...OMG...I was SO excited...
A SIZE MEDIUM!!!!
Do you know how long it's been since I've worn anything with an "M" on it? I think it was when I was a teenager! I also bought 2 new jammie bottoms and a skirt that had that magic "M" on them! Holy cow. Interestingly I've not lost any new weight (I started this whole thing after losing 15 lbs) but my body is changing shape and that's pretty cool.