This morning, I was up at 5:00 again. I ended up making some tea and sitting in the living room with my book. I'm reading another book by Lisa Gardner--I've read quite a few of them since I picked up the first in the spring. That's really unusual for me; normally, I read one or two books a year. Over the summer and now into the fall, I've read her Detective D.D. Warren series, and now I'm almost through the Quincy and Rainie series.
I've been reading a lot lately, because ever since we got rid of cable, I haven't really watched TV at all. We have Hulu and Netflix, but most of the shows I used to watch aren't available on those, so I just haven't watched anything. I never really realized how much I would mindlessly turn something on (Food Network or Lifetime Movie Network) to watch while folding laundry or other chores.
I've noticed that the time passes so much faster when I'm reading than when I'm watching TV. It's helped me get through the evenings without constantly going to the pantry or refrigerator! ;)
Once it was light enough to go for a run this morning, I decided to head out for a short, easy run. I wasn't really sure how far I'd go, and I certainly didn't want to push the pace; it was nice outside, and I just wanted to enjoy the weather. (And, well, I wanted to use my new Garmin some more!)
I ended up deciding to run a four-mile out-and-back route. The weather was PERFECT for a run--36 degrees, overcast, and 0 mph wind. Today was one of those runs that I just truly enjoyed, even in the moment. When I got home, I was giddy to look at all my data :)
Someone mentioned yesterday about the elevation being very flat where I live. I write it often, but it truly is FLAT. I'm not kidding when I say we don't have hills! This is the elevation from today's run:
A reader recently wrote me an e-mail asking a good question that I wanted to bring up here, in case anyone else was wondering. She was just starting to run here and there during her walks, and said when she would run, her lungs were burning and it was just miserable. She asked if I loved running right from the start, or did it take me a while before I enjoyed it? Also, does it get easier after a while?
I absolutely hated running when I first tried it! My lungs felt like they were on fire, and my legs felt so heavy. It was boring, and the time passed so slowly... I just couldn't even comprehend why anyone would CHOOSE to run. But I'd committed to running a 5K race with my friend Renee, so I was determined to stick it out. I planned to get through the 5K, and then never run another step for as long as I lived. Haha!
I had something like 8-10 months before the actual race, and figured it would take me that long to be able to run a 5K. But somewhere in those months, I started to love the feeling I got after a run; I loved talking about running; I loved trying to reach new goals of being faster or running farther; I loved reading about running. I also noticed that my lungs weren't burning like they had in the beginning, and my legs didn't feel like lead.
I loved that I could eat more on the days that I went for a run; I loved that I felt happier on the days that I'd run; I loved that running seemed to curb my appetite for a few hours; and I loved that I was doing something I never imagined was possible!
Just for fun, I looked up my blog post from the day I started the Couch to 5K program, to see what I wrote (the blog is no longer online). It made me laugh!
"I decided to start the Couch to 5K program today, and then when I finish that, maybe I could just run a couple of times a week for a few miles. I have no desire to be a full-fledged runner, but I'd be super proud to actually FINISH the C25K program."And here's another quote from a couple of weeks later:
"I thought I was going to DIE--well, throw up, really--when I did the Week 3 Couch to 5K workout yesterday. It was really hard to do the 3-minute run. I'm so out of shape! I'm really dreading doing it again tomorrow. Hopefully it feels easier."
And a few days later:
"I quit the C25K today. I started Week 4, which is SO MUCH HARDER than Week 3. I made it through 3 of the running segments, but there was NO WAY I was going to be able to run another 1/2 mile. So I decided to kind of do my own walking/jogging thing. Since I ran a 6-minute segment today, I'm going to start with that and just add a minute or two every week. I'll walk 5, jog 6, walk 19 (to total 30 minutes). Then the next week, I might walk 5, jog 8, walk 17. etc. I think I could handle that. C25K has you DOUBLING your jogging segments, and I just can't do that. I had to slow my running pace from 5.0 mph to 4.5 just to get through the 6-minute segment I did."I think it's so funny that I once said, "I have no desire to be a full-fledged runner..." At that time, I meant it. It's really interesting to read how far I've come since then! It's obvious that I've made progress, but to see the numbers and read my thoughts from back then just confirms it. I went from "no desire to be a full-fledged runner" and "feeling like I was going to die during a 3-minute run" to training for and running three full marathons.