This is so very, very true, as I'm learning.
I finished my Week 1 Couch to 21K training today.
It was increments of run 1 minute, walk 2, for 3 miles.
Did it in 45 minutes, which is a 15 minute mile.
Not too bad for a beginner.
What else I've learned this week:
1. Appropriate clothes and shoes are a must.
I bought "official" workout clothes yesterday.
They are snug fitting and easier to move in.
The quick dry, wicking fabric really helps.
I refuse to be self-conscious wearing them because
I'm training for a freaking marathon.
The weight will come off...
2. Appropriate music is a must:
Here's my current playlist:
Hey Mama - Nicki Minaj
Honey, I'm Good - Andy Grammer
Sheppard - Geronimo
Counting Stars - OneRepublic
Best I Ever Had - Gavin DeGraw
Drive By - Train
St. Elmo's Fire Theme Song - John Parr
Blank Space - Taylor Swift
Don't - Ed Sheeran
On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons
I Lived - OneRepublic
Rose Tattoo - Dropkick Murphys
Some were chosen for the beat.
Some were chosen because the lyrics make me smile.
Some were chosen because the lyrics encourage me.
The Murphys are mandatory for all workout playlists.
3. Here's a list of my cheerleaders and what they've said:
Katie - it doesn't get easier, you get stronger.
Romona - chew gum, it helps keep your mouth moist.
Dawn - military cadence chants help you breathe right.
Connie - pick up the pace and keep going!
Melinda - knowing she's training too helps!
Thanks to all of them for making this first week a success.
Here's what else I've learned:
I bought an elliptical to avoid heat & bugs...
then I agreed to a marathon. What was I thinking?
Rest days and no-exercise days are schedule for a reason.
Running only on Mon., Wed., and Sat. will take getting used to.
Horseflies are apparently immune to Deep Woods Off.
Everything sunburns but my legs, where I WANT color.
Found some organic hydration powder that is awesome.
In 19 weeks I'll be able to run a 21K race.
In 19 weeks I'll be able to run 13.1 miles.
Wow. I can't wait!!!!