Couch to 5k: Week 1 Day 1

Today is the first day of my second Couch to 5k program. Last fall, I posted on Facebook that I was going to do it and the risk of public humiliation kept me on track. I completed the nine-week program right before Christmas. I was able to run 5k without stopping. My clothes fit better and I was proud that I followed through on my commitment.

And then I barely ran again. The hubby and I traveled a lot the first half of the new year and I never got back into a routine. My waist expanded and my energy level shrank. I ran a few times, but wasn’t consistent.

So I’m going back to what worked before–a public commitment to keep myself accountable.

I set my alarm so I’d get an early start before the temps heated up at Lake Miramar. My eyes fluttered open 15 minutes late to the faint quacking of my alarm. Mental note: turn up the volume.

I pulled running clothes on, stopped at Starbucks for an iced green tea, and drove to the lake.
By the time I finished the five-minute walking warm up, I was energized. I realized I had missed mornings at the lake. I love starting my day with a dose of Mother Nature. I wondered why I forgot this.

Sure, my left toes ached a little, there was some soreness in my hips and I was slow as hell, but I was out there getting it done. Day one is always easy for me. Day one is a fresh start. The pride of Day one pushes away yesterday’s guilt and disappointment. Day one is awesome!

Stay tuned for Day 2…

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