Running is my favorite form of exercise. Before having kids, I ran a marathon (never again!) and multiple half marathons. In between having the two kids, I ran a bunch of 10k races. I really miss running, and have been trying to figure out a way to be able to run even while being responsible for the kids at all times. After much thought, I finally gave up on the idea of being able to find time to use my gym membership. Instead, I told my mom that what I really wanted for my birthday was a treadmill. If she could at least help me with the cost of purchasing one, I could get a fairly nice one. She gladly said yes, and my treadmill was delivered yesterday. Yippee!
I woke up this morning, got on my running gear, and put in the Level 2 workout card. OMG! It was a half hour jogging workout, with an incline the whole time. Now, walking at an incline is one thing for an out-of-shape mom, but jogging at 6mph at a 7% incline?! Not going to happen! I burned out after 15 minutes, and flat-out removed the ifit workout card. Instead, I finished with another 10 minutes of jogging at no incline, which seemed almost easy compared to the crazy workout card.
Even though it was super-challenging, I am still excited about the ifit component of the treadmill. It has given me a fitness goal to strive towards, and once I can complete that entire first jogging workout I will really feel as though I am making progress. I know it will cause me to workout harder than I normally would, and I am stubborn enough to know that I will keep at it until I can successfully complete all the workouts on that card.
For now, I will just work on getting back into a regular workout routine. I feel so good today after getting in a good run in the morning, and I miss the feeling of sore muscles after a hard workout. I am registered to run a 10k November 13 with a friend, so the countdown has begun for me to get in shape. The fact that I am running it with a friend is even more motivation for me to stick with it.
I think this is just what I need to push me to lose those last 10 - 15 pounds. My plan is to do one of the Level 1 walking workouts each night before bed. I watch TV for about a half hour before bed anyway, so I might as well be working out instead of sitting there idle. Then, three days a week, I plan on getting in a running workout in the morning before work. I am so glad that I finally have a way to get some cardio in on a regular basis. So exciting!