I use the term “running” very loosely considering it was more like a very slow jog. Back in the day (early 20′s), I could run 5 miles a day at 6 mph. My cool down was a brisk walk at 4 mph.
Yesterday I was “running” at 4.2 mph. Oh how the mighty have fallen. I know that seems kind of downer, but trust me, yesterday was pretty monumental for me. I actually STARTED my workout with a runner’s high, and it was a great warm-up for the 25 minutes on the elliptical I did after. It left me a pretty sweaty mess:
And that folks is an award-winning zit right there.
What I Felt Like During the run
To my lungs the run felt effortless. In fact, I was barely breathing when I was done with the 6 minute intervals of walking and running. I was kind of surprised. On the second minute of running I decided to kick it up a notch and upped it to 4.5. My lungs felt fine and I still was not getting my heart rate up very much, but then my left knee started to get a dull pinch in it so I put it back down to a 4. The pain was in my left knee, which is strange because usually there is a small pain in my right leg (the leg I fell on, and injured myself with when I was 21).
The only thing I can say is that I am still very overweight and for right now listening to my body is best. If I have to keep the pace lower so that my aches and pains subside I will do just that. The weight will start to come off, and my lungs and body will sync up perfectly, I have no doubt. I will not quit this running program just because I can’t go as fast as I want to go. It will come with time.
On the Diet Front
For the first time in a week and a half I have seen a loss on the scale. I changed a few things in my diet and I think it has made a difference. I’ve added some more protein and I think it has been the missing puzzle piece. I’ve started eating chicken and eggs again (mostly egg whites). It seems like it’s the only way I can get my protein high enough without going over on my carbs and calories.
I truly believe that there is no one way for people to eat. I think that many people thrive in different kind of diets, and you have to pick the one for you. Even on the weeks that I was eating perfectly I was not seeing losses, and felt like I was depriving myself of foods that could help me in my weight loss, and now I can say that I have honestly done something long enough to see how it affects my body, and adding meat back into my diet has not affected my energy levels at all. Which is great!
So there you have it. My first day running, although a little frustrating, was a success! The thing that keeps me going is knowing that I will improve. I have nowhere to go but up!