I had another training session tonight with my personal trainer. We did a half an hour of upper body, which made it difficult to even lift my water bottle. When we were done, he told me I needed to try running. Let's set things straight - I've learned to love cardio on the elliptical machine (typically an hour at a time), in spin class, hip-hop (sometimes spin class followed by hip-hop), but I don't run. The longest I've ever run continuously is 15 minutes, and that was once about a year and a half ago.
My trainer told me to start with 20 minutes (what?!?!?) and eventually we'll work up to 30 minutes. He told me that running will really help me burn the rest of the fat I'm hoping to lose. This is probably the reason why 5-mile-a-day-running Shelby - my maid of honor - has lost more than 60 lbs.! Woo hoo!
So, I got on the treadmill - reluctantly. I started running, or actually, more like jogging. A few minutes in and I was still ok. My heart was beating but I wasn't gasping for air. 10 minutes later and I was still jogging away. After I reached the 20 minutes my trainer had asked for, I thought, "Hmm...let's see if I can do 25." When I hit 25, I thought, "Can I hit 30? I bet my trainer would flip!" I kept going and completed 30 freakin' minutes on the treadmill!!! I may have been able to continue running, but I was afraid my body would reject me for biting off more than I could chew. I spent another half hour walking on the treadmill for a total of an hour. I bet the endurance I've built with spinning, hip-hop and the elliptical played a very important role in my success tonight.
Poor Brent. Since we started our weight loss journey last year, he's been a faithful runner. He even did a 10K on a whim last month! He's always told me to try running, but I never wanted to. I tried jogging with him a couple times, but I couldn't get into it. When I called him on my way home from the gym, he dished up some excitement for me, along with a side of "I told you so!"
"Remember Jim Fixx? The big famous jogging guy? Jogged fifteen miles a day. Did a jogging book. Did a jogging video. Dropped dead of a heart attack when? When he was fucking jogging, that's when!" - Dennis Leary