Last night, while laying around with Dave and the cats, I was excitedly telling him how we had booked the first of our 4 needed hotels for our trip to Italy in October. We’re spending the first 3 nights in Rome at a little B&B very close to the this and walking distance to most things Rome. Needless to say, I was pretty happy about it. Until I realized how much walking we’re actually going to be doing.
4 years ago Alana and I went to Scotland. I was in full workout mode back then and had no problem running (sometimes literally) around the country, looking at really cool things. I never felt out of shape the whole trip. It dawned on me that I would need to get back to that physical state in order to have the same level of fun in Italy that I had in Scotland.
So I got up and put on work out clothes and decided to start Couch to 5K again. 2 years ago I had completed the program and was regularly running 30 minutes every other day. I felt great, my legs were in great shape, I was never out of breath. I looked pretty OK, I thought. In 9 weeks I had lost close to 20 pounds. I watched what I ate, but wasn’t on a real diet of any kind, just moderation and eating slow and drinking lots of water and working out daily. I am STILL kicking myself for quitting after 3 months and gaining back all the weight. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
So back to my triumphant return. I went outside to my rooftop running path (I have no excuses for not running, I even have a built in sponge path on a rooftop terrace), put on the app, stuck in my headphones and went for it.
Now, before I had started the app had asked if I wanted to upload a playlist that it would cycle through during the program, but I never keep music on my phone so I said no, seeing as how there wouldn’t be any songs anyway. It turns out I did have 1 song on my phone, which I had forgotten about completely and which then played for all 28 minutes and 30 seconds of the program: Tik Tok by Ke$ha. Weeks ago I had loaded it on there to bring to a wedding rehearsal and hadn’t bothered to take it off. Try imagining listening to Tik Tok 6 or 7 times in a row while a British voice tells you whether to run or walk at different intervals, all while your head phones keep cutting out and Ke$ha is blaring through your phone in your pocket.
I couldn’t stop laughing. If I didn’t know the words before (I did), I definitely know them now. So I finished Week 1 Day 1 of Couch to 5K. I’ve learned my lesson and will be putting on a real playlist. I can’t see myself not completing the program, since I did it once before, but I’ll be blogging my way through it this time just in case I need a kick from my readers not to quit (re: my mom).