I made the decision to try running, which is kind of humorous considering I decided this while reading an article on the couch while recovering from digestive issues and fatigue. I started out really small - I would run 30 seconds and walk 5 minutes, repeating 5 times. I stayed close to the house while running just in case my stomach kicked up. Each week or week and a half, I would try to increase the time running and decrease the time walking. I kept reading Brendan Brazier's Thrive Diet book and other articles my husband had laying around the house. Starting at such a small scale helped me feel like I was able to achieve something. Soon after, I ordered a Zumba workout set and started alternating days trying to run and working out to a Zumba workout.
Fast forward 1.5 months and I hit a setback. Around mid-August, my knees started hurting. Each step was painful. I have chondro malaysia patella, and running with weak muscles around the knee is not good. The knee is already prone to tracking incorrectly, and as you continue to run, it just perpetuates the problem. At work, we have a great deal on our gym. It's only $15 for the membership, and the check is made out to a charity. A personal trainer there also had a pretty good deal running, so I started working out with the trainer. After working out with him in September, the pain in my knees is gone and I can run quite a bit. I was wondering if I would have to start out at a minute running and four minutes walking, but found I was able to run longer with all of the cardio with Zumba and alternating bike and rowing at the gym.
I'm not sure exactly when things started to shift for me. I hated working out. After a month and a half, I called a friend to work out with me just so I wouldn't give up. My progress was so slow, I didn't feel like I was getting anywhere. I started working out at the gym at lunch and noticed that the day got a little easier to handle. I would have a bad meeting and leave frustrated, then go work out and come back to my desk smiling. Working out in the middle of the day forces me to take a lunch and breaks up the monotony after sitting at my desk and working on reports or sitting in long meetings. It started mattering a little less that my weight wasn't changing at all and I couldn't see an awesome six pack after 5 months of working out more than I ever had in my life (although honestly - that wasn't saying much).
In October I ran my first 5k. I finished in 38 minutes alternating running 5 minutes and walking 3 minutes. A week ago I beat my best time and am down to 35.5 minutes. My warm up before lifting weights today was running a mile. All at once! I've noticed my stomach is more predictable and I have a LOT more energy. I come home and want to unwind, but my boss has noticed I am much more productive and no longer crash at 2pm. I don't plan on being as fast as Lance, but if this keeps up, I may be a runner eventually after all.