This is the absolute best thing I have seen in a long time...
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Years ago, in the olden days, when my 32 (!!) year old son was a toddler, I knelt down hard on a Lego. Since that day, my right knee occasionally bothers me, but I can always figure out the problem and work around it. I even live in a townhouse with stairs and have no problems until I try to be overly ambitious in my stride while walking the streets. I mean, while walking the neighborhood.
However, I can't seem to work around the knee pain with this running thing and I'm far to cheap to go to a sports doctor or a really good athletic shoe store at this time. So, due to my knee taking longer and longer between runs to stop aching and my desire to not fall down because of a weak knee while toting a grandchild or a margarita, I am putting Couch to 5k on hiatus.
Instead of Couch to 5k three days a week, I will be walking or using my glider/walker five days a week using the "free run" portion of the app throwing in short bursts of runs here and there. After my knee pain is gone and I've built up my leg muscles and maybe lost 10-ish pounds, I'll give it another go.
This is not defeat! It is de-knee.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Day 4 was done on my "air walker," so it doesn't really count, but it's better than nothing.
Day 5 was done this evening and I'm having some pain in my right knee. I bought a knee brace that helped a little, but I'll try the other knee brace I bought when I run again Thursday.
I only ran about 2/3 of the running parts, so I think I'll repeat week two again next week. Slow and steady for me.
Nothing special to report regarding people/animal/music, except for the cute guy who set his water sprinklers so they hit the street a little giving me a cool little break on the way out and on the way back home. Thanks, dude.
Friday, May 24, 2013
For the first time, I jogged all the running parts without stopping. I felt like Rocky. I did stop jogging prematurely at one point, but that was only because I thought a guy introducing B. B. King on my playlist was my zombie trainer telling me it was time to "walk it out."
I also stopped long enough for an old guy in his yard to explain to me that the multitude of squirrels in his yard were there because there was a baby...and a momma...or something...in that big tree over there. I have a feeling I'm in for a lot more of these conversations, if he's keeping track of my running routine.
Today's music mishap occurred when "What's New Pussycat?" repeated itself. As I mentally prepared myself for a third replay, ZZ Top's "Pearl Necklace" played. Sweet. That's what's new, pussycat.
Monday, May 20, 2013
I'm repeating Week 1 this week, since I don't feel like I did Week 1 justice last week. I jogged about twice as much as I did last week, so I'm glad I'm repeating. I'm not running as much as my zombie trainer wants me to run, but he'll have to be patient.
At the recommendation of one of my runner friends, I wore two bras while running this evening: one sport bra and one regular bra. That was a good suggestion and worked great. When I got home, The Bazingas couldn't wait to bounce free. Ah, sweet relief.
Today's wildlife theme for the run was gnats and cats. Cats glared at me from a distance and gnats did their in-your-face gnatty thing at me. Annoying.
To show you how out of character a running program is for me, my mom asked my sister why I was lying on Facebook and telling people I was running. Thanks mom.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Today's "run" report. I definitely ran more than last time, but I will be repeating week one again next week. You're supposed to run three days every other day and then take two days off. I only ran Wednesday and Friday, but I'm still taking my two days off. Runner's prerogative.
Today, I saw a lot more squirrels. They must have heard about the nut running in their 'hood. I was also violently intimidated by two chihuahuas who eventually determined I wasn't a threat and briefly joined my jog. I was waved at by a young boy practicing soccer who was clearly impressed with my running. Clearly. A driver stopped for me to run across an intersection which was very cool.
For the most part, my music cooperated, but stopped after "American Idiot." Appropos, I suppose.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Day 1 Couch to 5K: I only ran about half of what my zombie told me to run (of course, I picked the Zombie trainer), but I did run some, which is more than I've run in the last 20 years.
My music got stuck in a Lady Gaga/Nirvana/Violent Femmes loop and I wanted to poke Lady Gaga in her Po-Po-Po-Poker Face, by the time I got home. Still fun though. I'm looking forward to Day 2 which will actually be two days from now.