As a career Marine, my dad used to run between 4 and 9 miles each day, in order to keep fit. I once asked him why he chose to run. He answered that since he was required as a Marine to remain fit, he could either not eat or run daily. “I’m sort of fond of eating,” he answered, “So I guess I’ll keep running.”
I’m also rather fond of eating, but I’m not that fond of running. Even so, I’m in my second week of using the App Couch to 5 K. My current workout begins with a brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then moves into 20 minutes of alternating 90 seconds of running with two minutes of walking. This is a change in the amount of my running time from 60 seconds each time to 90 seconds each time. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but I have to admit that it’s kicking my lower posterior. I find myself looking at my phone to check the countdown when I’m running and it also shows that I have about 30 seconds left. I guess I’m doing better. I did the same thing last week when I only had to run for 60 seconds at a time and it said 30 seconds then as well.
Today, I did my workout run on the sidewalk of the Metairie Mardi Gras parade route after everyone else had gone home. The street was clean but the sidewalk was littered with broken beads, drink cups, soda and wine bottles, and beer cans. I think that I should get extra credit since I basically ran through an obstacle course. What do you think?