I’ll admit it, for all of my life I have hated running. It’s not that I wasn’t an athlete, or didn’t play sports. It’s just that I saw running as a means to an end. I loved sprinting for a ball in a soccer game, or running out an infield hit in my softball games. Running as an end unto itself was something completely and entirely foreign to me. I quit soccer in high school in part because of the running we had to do in the off-season, I hated it that much. I am however, a practical person, and in my busy schedule I knew that walking wasn’t going to cut it if I wanted to lose weight and really get healthy. I wanted something with more bang for my buck and so, somewhat reluctantly, I started running.
After getting recommendations from friends I started the Couch to 5K program on the first day of my summer vacation. I’ve missed only one day of the program since and that was only to rest an injury I could feel starting. I’m not going to lie and tell you that as soon as I started running I loved it. In fact, the first 5 minutes of the runs even today are painful and I want nothing more than to go home. The endorphins however, are downright addicting and without fail after the workout is over I find myself bragging on facebook or calling my parents to celebrate. I went from not being able to sustain a run much longer than 60 seconds to being able to run 20 full minutes in just 5 weeks. And, the secret’s out, I kind of like it.
Are you looking for an efficient way to burn calories? Have you always wanted to run but have been convinced that you couldn’t? Try the Couch to 5K program, you’ll be surprised how strong you really are! Good luck!
If you’re going to try the program, I strongly recommend that you invest in some proper athletic wear. Having a supportive sports bra and moisture wicking clothing has made it infinitely easier to keep up with the program.
And, a disclaimer, if you haven’t exercised in awhile or if there’s any reason why you shouldn’t be running, you might want to clear the program with your doctor first!