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Wherein The Energy Dwindles

This is what I’m looking at right this very moment. This is something that I have been planning on doing since before I had my surgery to fix my draggy, saggy bladder. I thought April would be a great time to get started on the program because by then (according to my doc) all my energy should have returned. Laugh my fucking ass off! The doc had absolutely zero idea the energy level that I used to have. I did notice that I was getting a lot of my energy back, but April is gardening season.

Here’s the thing. Because you know there is always a thing. I’ve been getting my garden expanded, which means building a new bed, laying out weed barrier, shoveling rock. Holy shit, the amount of gravel that I have shoveled. (Side note: I’m watching the Ellen Show as I type this so I was half typing/half listening/half thinking and typed “struggled” instead of “shoveled.” That, my peeps, is a freudian slip!) Anyway. I have shoveled a lot of gravel. And I’m not done yet.

What has this got to do with beginning the Couch 2 5K program? Everything. The garden has to be finished and maintained. For maintenance we’re talking at least an hour a day. For finishing it, I still have at least one more load of gravel to bring in, possibly two. It takes me three hours to empty a truck load of gravel. Guess what that does to my workout plan? Yeh…it goes to hell!

Yesterday on line a couple people mentioned that they had started (or had completed) the Couch 2 5k program and one of them even challenged me to run a race with her in August.  I was determined. I was going to print out my C25K program and see what I needed to do. My plan today was to get the last of the weed barrier down and then do Week 1/Day 1 of the program. I thought (haha) that the weed barrier would take me an hour. That’s what I get for thinking. Two hours later (in 90 degree heat) I came back into the house sweating like a horse.

Guess where my energy is?



Yeah. I don’t know, but it is gone! Pretty sure I left it out in the garden.

So, I don’t know when I’ll start the program. I don’t know if I’ll ever run a race. Hell, I don’t know if I’ll ever run! What I do know is that my garden is looking fantastic and with what I’m accomplishing out there, I can’t beat myself up over not beginning the Couch to 5K program.


8 thoughts on “Wherein The Energy Dwindles”

  1. My co-worker and I started walking last year until I had a foot issue. Now we are back at it and have been since January. Next week we are starting the C25K. I’m kind of excited. She’s dreading it. I haven’t done any significant running since high school. But the walking isn’t taking the pounds off so I have to try something else. I’m tired of being 30 pounds too heavy and of course, the snoring (by me) is too much to bear. I’m kind of embarrassed about it.

    1. Oh, do I ever feel your pain! The walking is not enough for me to take any weight off! And the additional FIFTY pounds on me is slowly killing me. (Not to be overly dramatic about it or anything.) I need a partner for this. Actually, I need to drag my ass out of bed in the morning. *sigh*

      1. Mornings aren’t good for me. I hate getting up. Midday works best for me. It’s when I have the most energy so that’s what I’m doing. I’ll keep you posted.

  2. I started C25K earlier this year and wound up ditching it to go at my own pace. Ya know, since I have to be the valedictorian of pushing myself to my limit.

    I will tell you that I absolutely hate running. Hate it. However, once I finish running 3 or so miles, there’s nothing like that high afterwards. It’s a different high than when I use the elliptical or even the treadmill.

    Sounds like you’re keeping busy though! Garden is looking great!

    1. Funny, because the program says specifically, “Do not get ahead of the program.” 🙂 You *are* an overachiever, aren’t you? Haha.

  3. Don’t feel bad. I don’t run, ever. Ever ever. I looked up the C25K thing a few months ago and laughed. I don’t feel guilty about it anymore either! Some people don’t like roller coasters, bridges, camping, etc…I FREAKING HATE RUNNING! I “jogged” last week 3 minutes out of every 5 for 25 minutes, at 4 mph, and thought I was dying. It only re-confirmed my hatred of running. I think you have plenty of cardio planned for the near and far future (volleyball, grandma duties!) to even have to think about running. Don’t stress about it!

    1. Fairly certain that being a grandmother does not count as an aerobic activity! LMAO. You are better than I am at the whole “rationalization” thing! 🙂

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