Today's Wellness Wednesday is in celebration of my having commenced (once again) the C25k program. For those unaware of the program more information can be found here. Essentially it is a 9 week program designed to get you off the couch and running 5k (approximately 3 miles for those using that system). I have attempted this program 2 times before and never made it through. The first time I was just too damned unfit. The Second time I broke my ankle which put paid to that. So I'm at it once more.
Last night I did my first day of week one and I was very proud of myself - compared to where I was when I stopped last time I was less out of breath and covered more distance. The out of breath thing is huge for me. I'm an asthmatic and since I've move to the USA I have not been able to take my instant relief medication because I have bad reactions to the brands available here so I've had to learn to control my breathing and my attacks without medication. It has taken a long time but I can now play a full game of indoor soccer and go running without needing my medication at all.
Now I'm not a runner by nature - give me a really long walk any day, but I acknowledge that I need to get my butt moving if I want to be healthy again so I figured why not really challenge myself. Plus my hubby is a runner who hates walking so it gives us an excuse to spend some time together (which we get precious little of). Where will I go once I achieve the 9 weeks? I don't know. Maybe I'll learn to love running, maybe I'll always be one of those people that just suffers through it. All I know is that for the time being I'm trying.