I got up and walked this morning... before it got hot outside, so I wouldn't have an excuse. On my walk, I was mulling some things over (walks are great for that). I started thinking of my problems with my plan. I don't have a lot of time, with so much work, travel and then trying to fit in time with the hubby... and I love my sleep. So I decided that I could still do this, but I had to kick it up a knotch if I wanted results. I needed to start RUNNING. This from the woman, who is famous for saying "I only run when I'm chased". I'm running out of options though... and this is a necessary step.
Mid-morning- I took the first step, I went shopping for running shoes. I spent an hour and a half looking at and trying them on. There are so many options, and being a novice, I was cautious about making the best decision for me. After trying 3 pairs on repeatedly, I decided on THE ONES and then brought my new workout partner home.
That's just the first step though. The next step was the plan- Couch to 5K for me. I need to work up to running with intervals. It's an 8 wk plan, and if you're not confident with one week, you just repeat it.
Then I looked into strengthening exercises for my shins. I struggle with shin splints and while the right shoes may help with this, there' s never a magic bullet.
Finally, I needed the music to keep me motivated. There are free podcasts with slow/ fast intervals that go along with the Couch to 5K plan. LOVE IT!
When it cooled down outside, I went out for my maiden voyage. Walked 5 min, stretched a bit, and then started the intervals. The shins splints were back at interval #2. Now understand, I'm only running 30 to 45 seconds between 90 to 120 second walks. Stretched some more and kept going, with a bit more recovery time (walking) in between running bursts. I continued this for 6 run intervals and then walked home, as my shins had had it. Lastly, I refueled with milk- I little fat and protein to help with recovery.
Feeling good about the day! It's a long process, but now I have the tools. I just have to keep after it, and JUST DO IT!