I’m still continuing on my health journey, and I still haven’t seen a change in my weight. However, I am seeing a lot of progress. I suppose that you have to take every victory that you can get.
I started the Run Your Butt Off! program in the spring. I ran the week 2 program to start off, because I had already been walking on a regular basis. The week 2 program has you walking for 4 minutes and then running for 1 minute, repeating until you get to about a half hour. You don’t have to worry about how fast you are going; you just have to be going through the physical motion of running rather than walking. I immediately injured myself. I must have pulled the arch of my foot or something. On top of that, running for 1 minute was extremely difficult (although I could do it).
I had to postpone my running for a while, especially considering the fact that it was painful to even walk. I rode my bike instead. I did other kinds of exercise. In a little while, I could walk, but I didn’t want to start running again and risk injury, because I was going on a road trip over the summer and I planned on doing a lot of hiking and camping.
When I came back from my summer road trip, I joined the gym. My normal routine is three days of weight lifting, and one day of pilates, piyo or a class at my kids’ gym, and swimming. Before I do my weight lifting, I go on the treadmill for 15 minutes.
At first, my arch was still too injured to go on the elliptical machine, so I started walking on the treadmill. Eventually, I started healing more, and started a slow run using the RYBO program. I started where I ended off, but I started progressing.
I’ve been going to the gym for 2 1/2 months. My little boy’s birthday party was today, so I didn’t go on my typical Saturday swim, so I decided to try a run outside my house. I had already worked up to a 3 minute run with two minute rests. Tonight I tried the week 5 program: walk for 2 1/2 minutes, then run for 5 minutes. Repeat 4 times and follow up with a run for a total of 33 minutes.
Well, I did it. In fact, the program that I downloaded to my iPod to track my run, Interval Timer, didn’t beep when I was supposed to stop running my last run interval, and I think I ran about six minutes. I’m in no way the fastest runner on the planet, but I kept going.
When I was in school, then when I was in the Navy, I absolutely hated running. It hurt my lungs. I don’t really mind the five minutes at a time that I can run now. I like getting out there and listening to my podcasts, in fact. So what’s the difference? I think that the main difference is that I don’t have to meet someone’s definition of how fast someone should run. Maybe I’ll get there some day and run faster. Until then, I just love to see progress. The same is true for the time I spend lifting weights or participating in a yoga class.
Those pesky pounds are still there, but I know that I have more muscle and less fat. That, and being more athletic, are worth the effort that I’ve put in so far.