This was something I wanted to start way back in 2009, but I simply wasn't ready. I was at 285 and was still struggling a bit with asthma. I tried again back in 2011 when I was around 260 but could barely make it ten yards without feeling like I was going to die.
It crossed my mind again a few months back when I participated in a cancer walk for my husband's work. I managed the walk just fine, but envied those that did the running portion. I was in the 240's at the time and felt that I might still be too heavy to exert myself in such a way (I've never had problems with my knees and I'd like it to stay that way!).
But now? I'm close to 220 and have been doing a lot of walking. Several weeks back I actually felt like throwing a little jogging into the mix, and by the new year I was hoping I could do my first quarter mile non-stop. No luck with that, lol, but I was able to make it an eighth of a mile. And ten days ago, I was finally able to push myself into the quarter mile. It took about three minutes at my slow pace, but I was immensely proud of myself. I probably haven't done that much since junior high!
So yesterday the C25K program popped in my head again. Maybe I'm ready? My husband was out for the night, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I already had the app on phone, so I set up a music playlist and walked out the door. I followed the instructions, and somehow made it through 8 whole minutes of running in-between all the sets of walking. And I didn't die!
No asthma attacks, no pain, no feeling like I was going to collapse! I won't pretend it was easy, but it was definitely easier than I expected.
I'm going to keep going. I've wanted to be a runner for ages and I'm finally taking the first real steps. Although I may have to repeat some of the weeks, I can't wait to see how far I'll have come in the next few months.