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So I have just completed w1d1. When I say completed I don't mean that I actually ran the whole time I was meant to: but I did make it to the end of the cool down without keeling over so that's a win in my book!

A bit of background, I'm a nearly 33yo Aussie whose previous exercise history is basically none existent. I'd go for a walk every now and then and feel good about myself for a bit until I would realise my clothes were getting a bit tight so I'd go walking... And then buy the next size up.

All that is about to change. I am seriously committed this time, not because I want to lose weight or look good or anything like that. But just because I want to be able to run. As simple as that.

 

So how did W1D1 go? Well like I said, I finished it so that's a plus. The first 60 seconds flew past, oh yeah I could do this all day. Then the next 60 seconds and I made to about 57 before I had to walk. After that it was pretty much all down hill (figuratively speaking) ranging between gasping for air, wanting to die and hoping like crazy that I wouldn't see anyone I knew! So yep there was a section that I completely skipped and just kept walking but that's ok because I managed to run a bit in the next one and I didn't give up. I even did a little jog after it was finished because I was still a little ways from home and I wanted to see how much I had left in the tank (not a lot but it's nice to know there was something).

Anyway I can't wait until Saturday when I get to go again. I honestly never thought I'd say that but there you go.

 

If anyone is still with me, I have a question - is it ok to go for light walk on rest days or is it best to totally rest? Thanks!

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Like Azatol said light walking on days off is perfectly ok. Dont worry about making the whole running time, the fact that you started with a goal in mind is already a huge accomplishment. Step one is already complete. Now all you have to do is not give up and it seems like you already have the perfect mind set to see it through!

Keep us posted on your progress! We are here for help and encouragement if need be. 

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Just remember how long it took to get where you are now. It will probably take a little longer to get to where you want to be. I'm right with you, been sliding down hill physically for about 12 years and started working my way back out of the hole this past week. Baby steps and one day at a time. I'm sure we'll see back slides but with the support here we can make it.

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Oh no! I had just written a big entry and have somehow managed to lose it! Doh. Here I go again...

Thanks you all for your encouragement and support. It means a lot that you've taken a moment from your day to spare a thought for me! Gnik1 it's great to hear from an Aussie! It's strange reading about the struggle to get out and run through the snow when I'm sweating my way through an australian summer lol.

 

I only went for a quick 1.5km walk on Friday because I had less time then I though but it all better then nothing right?!

 

Anyway down to business. W1D2 is done and dusted. A day later than expected but done nevertheless. I just got up this morning and put on my running shoes before my brain could think up a reason not to; and boy am I glad that I did!

I got through the first two run reps and then recovered enough (ie could breath through nose is read of panting and puffing) to jog at least a bit in all the others. Can you believe I made it to about 35 seconds in the last run rep? If I wasn't there I wouldn't believe it compared to my last effort! But most amazingly, was that when Jane (sounds nicer than the bossy lady in my phone) told me I only had 1 minute to go I was actually almost a little disappointed because that meant no more running. Who woulda thought!

 

So this has been a brilliant display of what can be done and I am more confident then ever that I can do this! I was thinking I'd be repeating week 1 maybe 4 times but maybe it'll only be 2 or 3! I figure I want to be able to successfully complete each level twice in a row before moving on (just to make sure it's not a fluke!).

Anyway it's time for breakfast so I'm outta here.

Thanks again for your thoughts and words of wisdom!

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Maggie,

If you want to repeat days you are more than welcome but my gut tells me you may lack the confidence moreso than the ability to move forward. Have you given it a try? This program is pretty scientific. In 9 out of 10 people (And that is a metric completely fabricated by me 20 seconds ago), your body is ready to move on. The mind has to ready to move on. I am in no way saying you should not redo days. I'm just making sure you are thinking about this and not sure you aren't holding yourself back because of the mental game.

 

 

W1D2 is done and dusted

Thos are not the words of someone not ready to move on. Those are words of a fighter. Maybe think about it? What have you to lose? The quote in my sig is from a movie but to me it perfectly sums up the mental game.

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WayHAY to go Maggie!  Success!

 

Those are not the words of someone not ready to move on. Those are words of a fighter. Maybe think about it? What have you to lose? The quote in my sig is from a movie but to me it perfectly sums up the mental game.

I like this ^^^^  (yes I already reached my 'like this' quota today, so I can't click on 'like' ... (hey! I was gone for two days LOL)

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Thanks very much Azatol & Shannon :)

 

I have today completed wk 1. I managed the first two sets again but couldn't quite do the third. I reckon I made it to about 50secs before my legs bailed. The thing that is stopping me is my legs they just turn into tree trunks and don't want to leave the ground! I don't have a problem with getting enough oxygen into my lungs anymore and my breathing returns to normal during the walk sets which is good. I've just got to get some strength into my legs I think.

I've lost 1.1kg in the last week which should make it a bit easier since there is less to carry lol.

 

Azatol I've given a lot of thought to your suggestion and based on your scientific data I've decided to allow myself to repeat once only. I think more than anything it comes down to me being a bit of a perfectionist and not being able to move on until something is genuinely complete. I think giving myself the extra week will be beneficial in the long run otherwise I feel like I'll be behind the 8 ball so to speak constantly trying to make up ground.

 

I've decided to monitor my food as some very wise people on here have pointed out how important that aspect is. I don't think I'm eating enough protein at the moment, so I'm going too look at increasing that this week and see if it helps.

My stats for today were:

Distance 4.56km

Pace 9:05minutes/km

The distance includes about 500m that I do before/after the program to get to the walking track I take. I just can't face jogging down a Main Street just yet so I wait until I get to the track to start.

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Thanks very much Azatol & Shannon :)

 

I have today completed wk 1. I managed the first two sets again but couldn't quite do the third. I reckon I made it to about 50secs before my legs bailed. The thing that is stopping me is my legs they just turn into tree trunks and don't want to leave the ground! I don't have a problem with getting enough oxygen into my lungs anymore and my breathing returns to normal during the walk sets which is good. I've just got to get some strength into my legs I think.

I've lost 1.1kg in the last week which should make it a bit easier since there is less to carry lol.

 

Azatol I've given a lot of thought to your suggestion and based on your scientific data I've decided to allow myself to repeat once only. I think more than anything it comes down to me being a bit of a perfectionist and not being able to move on until something is genuinely complete. I think giving myself the extra week will be beneficial in the long run otherwise I feel like I'll be behind the 8 ball so to speak constantly trying to make up ground.

 

I've decided to monitor my food as some very wise people on here have pointed out how important that aspect is. I don't think I'm eating enough protein at the moment, so I'm going too look at increasing that this week and see if it helps.

My stats for today were:

Distance 4.56km

Pace 9:05minutes/km

The distance includes about 500m that I do before/after the program to get to the walking track I take. I just can't face jogging down a Main Street just yet so I wait until I get to the track to start.

Thats excellent I am only average 13 minutes/KM and even then I feel I'm moving too fast 

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