Friday, August 23, 2013


Just over a half hour ago, I sat down at my computer to write today's post.  Then it dawned on me that I hadn't worked out yet.  Today is a treadmill day for crying out loud!  I could feel the excuses bubbling up to the surface.  I had just moved a bunch of crap around in my basement because it started to take on water after last night's torrential downpour.  That could count as a workout, right?  AND my right shoulder joint is hurting for some reason - probably slept wrong.  But that could be an excuse to not work out, right?  What about my knee pain or foot pain even?  Well, sure I could use all those reasons and probably come up with a couple more.  But I decided to just get on the stinkin' treadmill and get it over with already.


I actually talked myself INTO a work out.  Woot!  And really, I have you to thank for it.  Seriously.  I didn't want to sit down and write another post where I didn't work out that day.  Believe it or not, blogging can be very motivational.

I thought about running during this workout too, but I'm gonna save that for the road.  I really want to be outdoors when I run.  I know it won't always be possible, but it's definitely preferable.

In researching the C25K (Couch to 5K) training plan, I'm thinking of modifying it a bit.  Here's why...

Week 1 Workout 1 starts with a brisk 5-minute warm-up walk.  No problem with this one.

Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.  And there's the problem.

Right now, at this weight and fitness level, it would be like a heart attack invitational - I kid you not - if I ran for 60 seconds.

Oh and did I mention altitude?  The altitude here is over a mile above sea level.  Oh how I miss sea level.

ANYWAY, I'm going to start with either 10, 15 or 30 seconds of running.  I'm sure for awhile I'll be checking my watch and struggling, but eventually, I'll make it to Week 1 Day 1.

I'm a little worried about my excess weight causing injury.  That's why I want to take it kind of slow.  Well, that and the very real possibility of a heart attack.  But I really really want to do this running thing.  I've always been able to do whatever I set my mind to.  Running will not be any different.  Then, after I'm addicted, I will take my gym with me where ever I go.

In other news, I was supposed to have a doc appointment this past Monday.  Well, the office called and cancelled because the doc was sick.  Now, I wait two weeks and try again.  However, that gives me the opportunity to get my blood work done before the appointment and get results the day of.  I had it done around this time last year, but I also weighed about 20 pounds less too.  Oh yeah, I gained 30 pounds between August of last year and May of this year.  Ten months - 30 pounds - without even trying.  What happened?  A desk job, that's what happened.  A desk job and no activity whatsoever.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm very thankful for my job.  I just wish it was a bit more active.  I get up and walk when I can, but it's not long and not often enough.  That's another reason why I want to run.  Stress relief.  I know there are way more stressful jobs than mine, but mine is nonetheless, stressful at times.

Ok, so this post is long enough, but I just had an interesting idea on workout accountability.  Butttttttt since it's getting late AND this post is getting long, I'll tell you next time...

Have an excellent weekend!!


  1. I am a slow runner - it takes me a long time to get in the groove, but once I do then I love it!

    Yesterday was the longest I've run in a very long time and I was still able to be productive the rest of the day! :D

    I hear you on desk jobs - I went from being a 4 season athlete to a desk job and gained 70 pounds in over a year! Turns out you can't have Suzy-Qs and pop for breakfast if you don't work out! :D

  2. Hey Biz!! Suzy-Qs and pop... lol! Your comments always make me smile =D For me it was sweet tea plus lots of fried foods from the cafeteria - mucho bad when combined with no activity.


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