Monday, June 30, 2014

Yeah baby yeah

Today, once the eternal rain stopped for a while, with my doctor's blessing I began my couch to 5K running program. I found a great free app for a running program for my phone that I tried out today and it worked so well. You can listen to whatever music you want to and the app tells you when to walk and run and times out the workout for you. It has a warm up and cool down built in too. Makes it foolproof for 3 weekly runs, with you running 5K by the end of 8 weeks. It is just the kinda thing I need so I can just concentrate on movement and how it feels and not stare at my watch all the time. That is so much of what I loved about running, and I am hoping that my body lets me stick with it. I hope to be back to running 5K 3 times a week by the fall. If I need to add in more weeks to get there that is fine with me...just being able to be more active and regain my fitness is what I'm really going for here.
sweaty me after 
So, yes, today I found myself out on the trail by the river today. It went really well. I blasted out some of my favourite dance music to keep me going. I didn't find it too hard -I was surprised at that. The starting "run 60 seconds walk 90 seconds" interval times were doable for me and...well... I was just so damn happy to be outside, being active and feeling, for the first time since before the snow fell last year, that just maybe this whole cancer thing HAS been beaten and I get my life back. On my terms.
It's been so long living with just dealing with what my body can cope with...to be able to feel good enough to push my body again to sweat a bit and feel alive?
Glorious.

2 comments:

solarity said...

Being able to push your body is wonderful! I remember when I was in my twenties and in such bad shape there were days I didn't get out of bed except to go to the bathroom. I kept trying to explain to my friends (of the "exercise will make you well!" persuasion) that if I pushed myself to do what I didn't feel like doing, I would crash harder. Nowadays, when I push myself, I get somewhere. (Though not if I keep pushing for too long, of course.) It's a wonderful feeling.
Mary Anne in Kentucky

Yum Yucky said...

5K-ification! That app sounds pretty nice, too. Don't be surprised if you notice me hiding in the bushes during your workouts. I am simply tracking Big Foot. I hear there's lots of Sasquatch activity in Canada. Now where's my crossbow??