It is actually with a sad heart that I write this. I have to give up on Couch to 5k May.
My knees can not handle the running.
My last post discussed how I didn't feel so bad after running... that was Monday night, and as I sit here on Friday night, my knees are in so much pain (from that ONE run) that I'm now having a hard time going up and down the steps, and walking in general. I rowed the day after running, and felt fine while rowing, but while doing other exercises like lunges and squats, I was in a lot of pain. I could get nowhere near a 90-degree bend in my knees without pain. Wednesday I decided I needed a rest day due to the pain, and on Thursday I had to skip rowing because my knees still hurt. My knees are clicking when I walk, and they just hurt so bad. I'm not going to push it any further.
I made this decision primarily because if running is going to cause me to miss out on working out otherwise during the week, I want no part of it. I missed out on three workouts this week because of the pain I'm dealing with from a single run. So, sorry knees. Sorry I tested you and put you through this. I promise not to do it again. :(
With that said though - I'm not giving up on my goal to do a 5k. I could always walk it. Walking actually - surprisingly - doesn't bother me at all. Another decision I made this week is that I'm going to give up my membership to RowZone. This makes me sad :( but, I now have access to a free gym, with free fitness classes, through my new job. They have decent rowing machines, treadmills, EFX machines, weights, kettle bells... basically anything and everything I would use at RowZone, PLUS some. PLUSSSS I can take yoga once a week. For FREE. I mean, it's dumb to pay an $80/month gym membership when I could go whenever I want to a more equipped gym for free.
My husband will be stoked to read that. This is a test to see if he reads this entry. :) Now he'll get to join an MMA gym like he's been wanting to. What a good wifey I am, eh?
Also, I decided (I sure have made a lot of decisions this week huh?) that June is going to be my last "health"-focused goal month. While focusing on my health has been great, it's also been kind of stressful. I've been stressing a lot over what I eat and I feel that this just makes me overeat at times. I need to stop caring so much about what I eat. So, starting in July I'm going to focus on other goals. Like, now that school is over, I want to read some books for fun. I want to focus on my photography and do some photo shoots (ANYONE WANT A PHOTO SHOOT? CONTACT ME. I DO FREE PHOTO SHOOTS.). I want to try some new recipes. I want to start my Scott Family Table cookbook. There are other things I want to do this year other than focus on my health. Besides, doing things I find enjoyment in will contribute to my mental health. :)