I plan on posting my weights weekly now, as I believe this will show my loss better, instead of the subtle day-to-day changes. I'm going to shoot for Monday mornings. I'll do my best to remember. I realize that I am behind on the spreadsheets, but that information is mostly helpful to me. I doubt any of you really get much out of them. If any of you are sad that they aren't up to date, let me know and I can try to keep up. They add a lot of time to my night.
On to tonight's run.
For the third time this week, I ran on a different treadmill. I did another pre-warmup warmup, this time for about four minutes. I took it slow. All day I've felt very prepared for tonight's run, mentally, but not physically. I had more energy today at work than any day so far this summer. If I didn't tread carefully though, my calves sure let me know they were there.
Despite the leg pain, I looked forward to running. That's a good feeling to have. I honestly didn't think I would be where I am today when I began all of this just one week ago. I assumed I would dread running, but would simply do it because I had to. That's not the case, and it's awesome.
The run itself went much like last night's. The first 60 seconds felt great. I was breathing well again and still had more run in me by the time the lady with the ever so pleasant voice told me to begin walking.
It was run 2 that induced that leg pain once again. This time it was worse. Again, for a split second, I considered just walking for 30 minutes and doing Week 1 Day 3 on Saturday. Not an option. I ran. You can't lose the weight of the average 9 year old by giving up.
I did forget to take a bottle of water with me this time, and my mouth got pretty dry around the 20 minute mark. I can't do that again. Those of you that know me well know that I drink tons of water.
Notwithstanding the pain below my knees, I felt pretty good while running. I wasn't having nearly as much trouble breathing and I felt that my heart rate was lower, if only by a small amount. I've got to figure this pain out, though. Maybe it's simply the fact that I haven't run in years and my legs just have to get used to it. Maybe it's the fact that I ran last night.
Regardless, I'm going to push through it. If I have to switch up my schedule a little bit, so be it. If I have to run the Week 1 program a few more times before moving on to Week 2, so be it. That's not a problem. I've already done the hardest part by deciding to change my life and actually do something about it. The rest is easy. I just have to run.