I have been doing an hour to an hour and a half of cardio fairly consistently (meaning almost daily) the last couple of months. I have mainly been doing an hour on the Elliptical and 30 minutes on a treadmill at a steep incline at 3 mph. Since deciding to run a Half-Marathon in Naples in just under a year, I knew that I needed to begin actually running. Two days ago I jogged a 5k on the treadmill, well I mostly walked it, and it was excruciating. Running is a lot harder than the elliptical or walking up a hill. I honestly was not expecting it to be nearly as difficult as it was. So, I have a lot of work to do. I need to build up endurance and get my body used to actually running again. Which is something I haven’t done since I was 18 years old. (I had a newspaper route from 12-18 where I ran my route of over 80 houses every morning with newspapers on my back.) The good news is that my shins did not hurt, nor did my knees. That had been the main reason that I haven’t been jogging on the treadmill already. I know I need to take it slow and build up so I don’t hurt myself too. I have already been in the hospital in the past month and I don’t want to go back there again for any reason. 🙂
Tonight I head back to to the Gym to continue my journey to 13.1 miles. I know I can get there, and I love having a real challenge to face. A real goal to accomplish. At this point in my fitness journey I am not concerned about the 25-30 lbs that still need to come off, because I know that working to accomplish 13.1 miles will shed the weight that I still have on me.