There was a time when I loved to work out…that time was high school. Nothing was more fun than going to the weight room with my girlfriends and showing the boys we could squat, power lift, and bench, too! As the years passed through college and young adulthood, I continued to seek ways to work out that I enjoyed, but kept falling short. The gym felt like a strange meat market, where everyone stared at each other but didn’t actually talk to anyone. Running was the worst. I’d dart off and quickly say to myself, ‘Why am I doing this? This is terrible.’ And recently, I’ve written about my new found interest in yoga which offers a great combination of physical challenge and mental relaxation (who doesn’t love a two-fer?). But, fitting a class schedule into my crazy agenda (whilst adding in time to drive cross-town in traffic) also makes that a one-time-a-week max option.
As the fates would have it, I got a call from a college friend and former roommate who recently went from despising running to a marathon runner. I asked her how she changed her mind and she said, “There’s an app called ‘couch to 5k’ and it completely changed my mind about running.” She explained that it gives you weekly programs, 30 minutes each, 3 days/week for six weeks to take you literally from the couch to running a 5k (or a marathon in her case). I started it this week with a close friend who’s in her early 40s, a mom, and not a runner either. We both did it and felt great. The first day has a series of walking and running in short intervals to make it feasible to think running isn’t torture. Then, believe it or not, I tackled day 2 of 3 yesterday and didn’t want to quit either! Time will tell how I feel about it, but so far, so good.