I ran for the first time since my 5k in September last night. I ran myself a little hard and injured my knee during that race and by the time I felt up to running again it got too chilly to do so. (Or maybe I’m just a wimp?) Anyways, it felt amazing to hit the pavement again. I prepared all day for my run and I think it really helped get not only my body ready but my mind ready as well. I chugged water all day long ate a small but energizing dinner and even hopped into my work-out gear as Alea’s bedtime fast approached. I usually run after Alea goes to bed so it’s cooled down outside and I can run solo without having to push a stroller at the same time. It’s my “me” time and that’s half the reason why I love it so much.
The running bug bit me a couple weeks ago. I was getting ready to meet some friends at the park with Alea and it was a little cooler. I was rifling through my jeans and seriously… muffin top. I weight 120 pounds but I feel like I have muffin top for days in jeans that fit me just fine at the beginning of the fall. I’m done with it. I’m not going to put up with it. I want to slim down, tone up, and kick my ass into gear. And there’s only one way to do that: hard work. Eating healthy and exercising.
I did the Couch to 5k program last summer and that’s what I’m doing this summer as well. I’m using the free iPhone app on my phone and LOVE it. It’s way easier than using a stopwatch like I did last summer (before I made my way into the 21st century). After I finish the Couch to 5k, I plan on doing the Bridge to 10k program and I’d really like to run my first 10k in September. This one to be exact. But I’m not going to lie, I’ll probably chicken out and just run the 5k 😉 Anyone in the Twin Cities want to run with me? It’ll be a blast! I ran the 5k at this same race last year and it’s a fabulous energy there and a nicely flat course! You can read about my experience with that here.
All in all, I’m happy to be running again. Is anyone else starting a running program this summer? What are your favorite workout songs? I’m almost embarrassed to admit mine 😉