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Stuck on week 1 (of the C25K begginner’s running program)

Well, I guess I’ve done the first week of the Couch to 5K beginner’s running program about 4 times in the past year.  Why keep starting, why not just don’t quit?  Well, there are quite a few different reasons and I’m just so stinking frustrated about all of them!

It was last year, I guess right about this time – in May – I got through the third week, and discovered I was 7 weeks pregnant.  Overall, probably not something to be frustrated about, but as far as the running went…well…I had to stop.

About two months ago, I got through the first week and my knees gave out.  I’ve never had great knees anyways, but I was trying to run in cheap worn out tennis shoes…this just doesn’t work.  It was another four weeks or so before we could afford to get me some new, meant for running, shoes.  I was so stinking frustrated, I came home fuming and totally pigged out on M&M’s – I know, way to counteract those burned calories.

A month ago, I got through the first week and then my husband diagnosed me with shin splints (I wrote about that HERE).  My leg hurt so bad I didn’t know if I was going to be able to drive home.  Again, I was so angry that I came home and pigged out on ice cream – again counteracting the burned calories.

Once again, it seems that the shin splints have flaired up.  I was attempting the first day of the second week, it shouldn’t have been too hard.  The weather was absolutely perfect, and I was ready to really push myself and do it.  45 seconds into the first running segment, I noticed that my shoe was untied.  So, I stopped and tied it, and noticed a slight aching in my leg.  I thought, no big deal, it’s probably just that muscle getting worked a bit (I was very diligent tonight about warming up, stretching, and getting my legs ready to run).  I finished that run segment and felt great!  I was hardly out of breath, I could feel my blood pumping, and I thought “I can totally do this”.  However, as I continued with the walking segment, my leg just got worse and worse.  By the time my clock hit 2 minutes, I could hardly walk on it.  I limped the rest of the way around the track and somehow managed to drive home.  Talking to my husband about the situation, I just about cried all over him because I was very unhappy.  This time, I came home and pigged out on pizza.  For some reason the pigging out makes me feel better.

Well, we should be scheduling a doctor’s appointment soon, and maybe I’ll get some legitimate answers, figure things out, and start over AGAIN.  Yeah, this little Mamma is ready to get into shape :-\

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Beating Down The Judgments

Couch to 5KI am not a thin person.  I mean, seriously, I’ve had three children!  I’ve got a belly pooch that makes me look AT LEAST 6 months pregnant.  Yes, I am *very* self conscious about it.

I run in a very public place – the local park.  There is nothing private about my running.  Anyone can watch me run, they can decide whatever they want to about me.  I am very slow, so naturally there are other runners (and even walkers, I know, how embarrassing) who pass me up.

There is a 123.7% probability that my own insecurities are playing against me, but when I am running, I feel EVERY SINGLE pair of eyes staring at me.  I can sense their probing brains thinking: “What is that fat girl doing running?”  With every person that passes me up I shrink a little bit smaller.  So, just how do I overcome these emotions?  Let me suggest 5 different ways that I have overcome them.

  1. I Love Running.  That’s it.  I’m not running to lose weight, I’m not doing it to get in shape, I’m not doing it for anyone else.  I run because I enjoy it.  If someone else wants to pass judgment on self-enjoyment, then I can totally call out their wine/beer drinking, or their magazine collection, or whatever else that they may do as a means of pleasure.  At least this form of “escape” has some beneficial value aside from mentality.
  2. C25KI’ve just started.  A quote that I read on the lovely world of pinterest: It takes four weeks for you to notice, eight weeks for close friends and family to notice, and another 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice, keep going.  It takes TIME to lose the weight.  Especially after you’ve had a child, like they tell you, it took you nine+ months to gain the weight, it’ll take you at least that long to lose it.  Be patient, you’ll get there.
  3. I’ve had three children.  I know that not everyone can use this as an excuse for their weight.  How about “I went to College (freshmen fifteen, right?)”, or “I’m only 16”, or even “I just realized that I need to do some sort of physical exersize and this is what I’ve chosen”.  Find a legitimate excuse.  Don’t use this excuse as a reason to not get out there and run, just use it to quell those judgmental stairs that you feel as you travel past anyone else on the playground.
  4. How are you going to judge me, when you’re just as heavy/out of shape?  Yes, I’m pulling out the comparison card (which really is a big No No, because you don’t know the other person’s situation).  If just to keep your own mind at ease, go ahead and pull it out, but please, keep this one to yourself.  Just as you don’t like feeling that accusatory stare, so others wont appreciate it from you.
  5. JudgmentHow many people in the world are sitting on their big fat butts, NOT exercising?  Another quote from the lovely world of pinterest:  Doesn’t matter how slow you are going, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.  Again, I’m pulling out the comparison card, but if a person has enough precious time to sit on the couch and watch television then they can certainly find the time to do SOME physical exercise.  Because like I said above, a little is better than none!

So there you have it.  At least the ones that I use to keep me going.  Also, having a good soundtrack should keep you a bit distracted from those non-existent staring eyes, but distractions are going to be covered in a later post (go ahead and subscribe so you wont miss it!).

((If you’d like an invite to pinterest, simply let me know and I’ll send one right over to you, it really is an awesome social site!))

This Eventide’s Data:

Total Time (From walking on to walking off the track): 23:39.6

  • Warm-up: 3:11.8
  • Run: 1:07.3
  • Walk: 1:37.2 (I got a bit distracted)
  • Run: 1:05.7
  • Walk: 1:30.4
  • Run: 1:00.7
  • Walk: 1:31.2
  • Run: 1:04.6
  • Walk: 1:40.8 (got distracted again…haha!)
  • Run: 1:05.2
  • Walk: 1:42.2 (I’ll admit, I didn’t want to run anymore at this point)
  • Run: 1:10.9 (but I pressed on, and really tried to push myself!)
  • Walk: 4:51.1 to get all the way around the track

Total Distance: 1.5 Miles

Calories Burned: 207

Pace: 15:46

Sound Track

  • Earth Wind and Fire – Let’s Groove Tonight
  • Yellowcard- Way Away
  • Matchbox Twenty – 3 a.m.
  • Weird Al – Star Wars Cantina
  • Earth Wind and Fire – Let’s Groove Tonight
  • Blues Brothers – Ghost Riders In The Sky
  • Tarzan – Trashing the Camp

Self diagnosed with Shin Splints?

C25KDidn’t do so great tonight.  It was a lot rougher.  Didn’t go as far or as long either.

Maybe it was the meat loaf for dinner.  That’s a heavy meal that sticks with you for a while.

Perhaps it was the dehydration.  I’m awful at drinking enough water.

It could’ve been the rougher terrain.  Hail storm a couple nights ago knocked around LOTS of debris.

Apart from the stitch I got in my side (this is a side affect that I have noticed before, when I try to do physical activity without being properly hydrated), by the fourth running segment, I starting feeling a pain in my shins.  I tried to shrug it off, no big deal, pains come and go all the time.  But, as you can see from my times listed below, during the fifth shift of running, it was too bad to ignore.  A pain unlike any I had felt before.  It wasn’t muscle pain, or fatigue, but rather a dull ache right down in my bones.  This pain was present in both legs.  It was so bad that I had trouble driving home.

Talking to my husband about it after I did manage to get home, he diagnosed me with shin splints.  Having no idea what a shin splint was, what caused it, how to keep it from happening again, I did a bit of googeling.  I came across these two awesome websites (WebMd and Medical News Today) which answered any questions about shin splints that I could have, and confirmed in my little head that my husband had diagnosed me right.

Running with Shin SplintsTo save you the tedious job of reading through these websites, let’s just say that shin splints are an inflamation of the shin bone (the Tibia) and my shin splints are probably caused by my flat feet running on the hard concrete.

I haven’t always had flat feet; but being pregnant tends to make your feet go all out of shape.  See, what happens is, when you are pregnant, you have this hormone that causes your ligaments to relax (you’ve gotta be able to get a 6+ lb child through your pelvic girdle, the ligaments stretch).  However, this hormone isn’t focused to your pelvic region, it effects EVERY ligament in your body, including the ones that hold your feet together.  My feet grew a half size to a whole size with each pregnancy and they don’t shrink back afterwards.

What am I going to do to combat these shin splints?  Get inserts for my shoes, for the arch support.  That’s it for now.  If that doesn’t do the trick I might have to try something else, or even more drastic, go to the doctor.  But for now, this is going to have to be enough for me.

Do you have some sort of physical condition that might keep you from physical activity?  How do you combat it and fight through it?

 

Tonight’s Numbers:

Total Time (From walking on to walking off the track): 26:06.9

  • Warm-up: 5:01.2
  • Run: 1:01.6
  • Walk: 1:30.8
  • Run: 1:02.1
  • Walk: 1:30.5
  • Run: 1:02.1
  • Walk: 1:31.6
  • Run: 1:01.0
  • Walk: 1:32.2
  • Run: 0:51.4
  • Walk: 10:01.2 to complete around the track

Total Distance: 1.0 Miles

Calories Burned: 228

Pace: 26:06

Sound Track

  • Reliant K – Must’ve Done Something Right
  • Stepenwolf – Born to Be Wild
  • Relient K – Mood Rings
  • Smashmouth – All Star
  • Reliant K – Must Have Done Something Right (again, played twice?)
  • Journey – Any Way You Want It
  • Switchfoot – This is Your Life
  • Yellow Card – Life of a Salesman

Getting Started with the C25K Running Program

From the start of my first pregnancy to the end of this last pregnancy has been a little over 3 years.  CRAZY!  If you’ll bare with me, I’ll go into a bit of some detail, I’ll try to keep it short for ya!

I’m sort of a wall-flower when it comes to being social.  Very introvertive and completely fitting the stereotype of middle child.  I’ve tried a whole slew of different sports: Gymnastics, softball, soccer, hockey, football, volleyball, and a few other artistic talents (piano, violin, theatre).  Never could really find my niche.  I have never really been overweight either (Average of 140-145 lbs. at 5’5″).

In college, I struggled with an eating disorder (anorexia, not because I wanted to be skinny, but because I had an issue with food, it’s a whole different story).  Then, I got married after my sophomore year (I was only 19, I know, SUPER young).  6 months later, I got pregnant with my son (eating disorder conquered!).  Gained 65 lbs.  When he was 3 months old, I weighed 195-200 lbs and found myself pregnant again, this time with a girl.  Lost 20 lbs because of horrible morning sickness, gained 30 back.  A total of 10 lbs.  When she was about 8 months old, I weighed in at 165 lbs.

I had seen a few of my friends posting facebook statusi (statuses, statuspeople?) about this couch to 5k running program (C25K) and I decided to give it a shot.  I loved it!  The first time I went, I came back so high on endorphins – sunshine, no children, no worries, just me and the pavement.  I got through the third week and found out that I was 7 weeks pregnant (another girl).  So, I had to stop.  I gained about 25 lbs total.

I was anxious to start running again, and I was good and waited until she was 6 weeks old.  I weighed in at 175 lbs.  Then, I had to wait until the weather was good (she was a winter baby).  She’ll be 5 months old in three days and tonight was my first run and it was incredible!

There are dozens, nay hundreds, well probably thousands, of women who have had just one child, and have struggled to get their figure back.  I know what they are going through.  I would LOVE to hear from them.  This is the beginning of my journey to get fit after giving birth.

Today’s Stats:

Total Time (From walking on to walking off the track): 23:28.1

  • Warm-up: 5:00.1
  • Run: 1:02.0
  • Walk: 1:31.2
  • Run: 1:01.9
  • Walk: 1:30.6
  • Run: 1:01.0
  • Walk: 1:31.1
  • Run: 1:00.7
  • Walk: 1:30.6
  • Run: 1:00.4
  • Walk: 1:30.6
  • Run: 1:00.3
  • Walk: 1:30.9
  • Run: 1:00.7
  • Walk to complete around the track: 2:14.7

Total Distance: 1.5 Miles

Calories Burned: 205

Pace: 15:39

Sound Track

  • Yellow Card – Back Home
  • Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
  • Relient K – Must’ve Done Something Right
  • Disney’s Mulan – I’ll Make a Man out of You
  • Reliant K – Must’ve Done Something Right (played twice, what’s up with that?)
  • Stepenwolf – Born to Be Wild
  • Relient K – Mood Rings
  • Smashmouth – All Star

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