Beginning again has officially begun. I am running on a treadmill at the gym set on 3.0% incline, and following the Cool Running Couch to 5K program (link at right).
And boy, 3.0% incline sure feels appropriately challenging. This morning my legs feel just like they ran outside yesterday, except I got a LOT sweatier than if I had run outside, even in the summer time. Perhaps I need to invest in a larger water bottle. I also set the run pace/ walk pace to be a little higher because I know that when I'm running outside I tend to run faster, and I want to already be accustomed to running at the pace I tend to run at when I start running outside.
Scheduling was difficult yesterday, but making the decision to run ahead of time really helped. I actually had to run during a long step in an experiment for my research and come back afterwards to stop it. It worked out fine, though, and now I feel proud that I was able to finish the first day with a positive attitude.
I want to shout-out to all of you who have left supportive comments on here. I really appreciate your encouragement! My college buddy Tamara is doing her own health overhaul, and I think we will be great mutual encouragers. I also magically found a buddy on Strands this week who started commenting like crazy on my goal and workout entries. And then this girl I went to high school with posted on a C25K forum, and we've decided to also buddy up through cyberspace. I've never had much luck with the buddy system before because of scheduling problems and because I tend to feel discouraged and compare myself to other people, but feeling love and support from people all around the country really feels good and makes me want to do my best, so THANKS! :)
3.0% Incline Treadmill
1.92 miles in 31 minutes
16:08 min/mile (we'll definitely be improving THIS)
PS: I really do think of you all while I'm running. When I think it's too hard and want to quit, I think, "Well, what am I going to tell the people who read my blog?" and it gives me the motivation to keep going. So I also thank all of you silent readers out there!