I did it! I finally ran the 5K. If you've been following along, you'll remember that I started this journey as a result of my high cholesterol level of 290 at my last doctors appointment in June. Tony and I decided to blog about my running experience in an effort to enlighten others and hopefully encourage people to embark on a healthier eating and exercise program. I posted my first article about it here.
Since then, we've been doing updates on my progress. I've done the entire Couch to 5K program in the comfort of my own home, on my treadmill. It was hard. It was a struggle. I wanted to give up more times than I can count. Twice I had to repeat a week's worth of the program because of going out of town and not running while we were gone. I'm sorry I didn't write down the date that I actually began the program, but I did it in less than 12 weeks.
But last week, I did it - I ran the entire 5K on my treadmill. I did the entire 3.1 miles in 39.02 minutes. I know the time isn't the best - it equates to about 13 minute miles, but I don't care. I did it! I want to do a cartwheel across the living room.
So, what now? Well, I'm going to continue running on the treadmill. I need to bump up my time and I'd like to increase the mileage a little more. At some point I'd like to run an actual 5K. I also want to get out and run on some trails a little bit. I think it would be more fun and definitely more interesting to run outside.
Some added extras to running the program:
- I lost 6 pounds over all. That's a lot of weight for me because I'm only 5'2" and I weighed 111 to start with. I actually lost one whole clothes size.
- My legs are more toned and muscular. I used to have great legs, but age has taken its toll and I lost a lot of muscle. I was getting flabby and lost muscle tone. My legs are firming up now and I can really see a difference.
- My breathing has greatly improved. I can also notice a difference when I'm out walking or hiking. I don't get as winded.
- My endurance has vastly improved. When I started running I could barely run 30 seconds. Now I'm running for 40 minutes. I have so shocked myself!!
- I'm eating a lot better. I couldn't tell you the last time I've eaten fried food. I have a healthy smoothie everyday. I've added a lot more grains to my diet.
I will continue to fine tune this program for myself. I hope that after a year of healthier eating and running that my cholesterol levels will have gone down. I certainly hope they will. If you're thinking of starting a running program, I can recommend the Couch to 5K Program. I bought it as an app from I Tunes. I'm not endorsing I - Tunes or the app. I've received no compensation from either of them. I just used the app on the recommendation of someone else and it worked really well for me. I can honestly say that I would not have been able to do the 5K without the app. It pushed me and also had me progress at a pace that I wouldn't have known to do myself. I definitely think I would have quit doing this without the app. It also helped to blog about it because I felt an obligation to keep at it.
If anyone is considering doing something similar to this, please, go see your doctor first. Get a check up and his OK and his advise. If you feel you need to make some changes, then do it. The most important step is the first step. Do it for yourself. Do it for your loved ones. Go ahead - take a step.