And I Did Start on Monday!

And I actually liked it.  I felt good and wanted to do more, but decided taking it easy was the wisest choice this early on in the game.

I prepared my new running journal by checking out all the informational pages at the beginning and end of the book.  So I checked my “running” shoes to write down the brand and model, to track when I purchased them, and to keep track of when I log 400-500 miles so I can purchase a new replacement pair.  Well, it seems my “running” shoes are actually Ryka “walking shoes”.  Who knew???

Well, I figured since I am walking more right now than running, this pair will do me just fine.  They’re light and feel comfortable on my feet, and I already own them, so the Ryka’s are the shoe for me.  For now.  I can’t remember when I bought them, but have only used them in the gym and for a bit of walking on the Bike Path.  Not too many miles logged on those soles yet, but that will change as these weeks fly by.

I had to schedule my trip to the gym for this evening and arrived around 8:30pm.  I like that time because it is not too crowded and I can score a machine in the back where I like it.  I know I am not the most graceful runner, yet, and like my backside to the wall, thank you very much.  I chose to listen to my iPod tonight (Guns ‘N Roses Greatest Hits) and watched some Fear Factor on the big screen in front of me.

I spent 40 minutes on the treadmill and traveled a distance of 2.15 miles.  5 minutes of that was running intervals of 30 seconds at a time at 4.4, which is pretty fast for my stumpy legs! I have a long torso but the legs definitely suffered in the length department. (Only 5’3″ and that’s stretching it…)  I clocked my starting mile at 18:35 which is the time from the easy warm-up walking start, and then the run/walk intervals started at 5 minutes with a 30 second run every 2 1/2 minutes. It felt easy, but the only regret I have is not letting enough time pass after eating my dinner.  I will probably continue with this for a few more sessions and then increase the running time to 45 seconds at a time next week.

My plan is to run again on Wednesday and cross train on non-running days with walking and weight training to continue burning calories and gaining strength.  Off to a great start!  And even on a MONDAY.