Ok, so I know I’m not your usual skinny girl with no hips and no boobs running, but I made a decision this year to be a better me. I’m not saying that I’m not self conscious, because I am. I worry like all women do. I don’t like the thought of people saying look at her fat butt out there running who does she think she is, I’m also large busted so that was an issue when I started running it’s not easy to find good exercise support bra. No one wants to be bouncing all over the place while they are running besides it can hurt as well. So of course those are some of my hang ups.
Running is one of the fastest ways to lose weight and get in shape. I know that running is good for me. I am also aware that I need to make sure to do what needs to be done to keep from getting injured, ie warming up, other exercise to strengthen my legs, and my lung capacity. I was diagnosed as a child to have asthma and used an inhaler for years. Last year I went to the doctor for a physical as part of that physical I had a pulmonary function test performed. The doctor came back and informed me that I did well on the test and that she saw no form of asthma. However she did find other health issues such as high cholesterol, planters fasciitis, and an enlarged uterus due to several fibroids. So it seems as if I was not in very good shape I have had to change my diet and have had a hysterectomy for my fibroids. After a six week recovery in bed I have decided I want to be a runner. I’m not saying I expect to be running any marathons but maybe I will be able to complete a 5K fun run by the end of the summer.
I have been using the Couch to 5K program, it starts off with walking and then short running sprints. The running sprints increase as the weeks progress, I have learned not to feel bad if I have to repeat a week do to not meeting my goal. The important thing is to just get out, move and try. I have also found that getting up early and doing it in the morning seems to get the day off to the right start. I also go to the gym two times a week one day for arms the other day for legs and abs and one free day to do what I want like a fitness CD, zumba or a bike ride as long as I’m moving and one rest day a week. I have to say, I really love rest day.
My husband and I have my step daughters on the weekends and it seems our Couch to 5K has inspired them to run and exercise as well. Our oldest Laura even wanted some new workout clothes but that is to be expected from a 12 year old. As long as they are feeling inspired.
At age 41 I have learned a lot about myself through this experience, I’m stronger than I thought I was, I need to learn to stop using the word can’t. And I have it in me if I just keep trying even if it means it takes me longer to get to my goal than I thought. I hope that by reading this that other women like me will make a decision to be healthier for themselves and their family.