As many of you know, I've been working on losing my post Helena weight. I let it go for a year and finally in March, inspired by my sister Christina, I buckled down and got serious. It hasn't been easy but I'm quite happy with where I'm at. I weigh less than I did before I got pregnant with Helena (baby #4) but not less than before I got pregnant with Cecilia (baby #1) although I am getting close. I am actually not really trying to lose anymore weight. Where I am now is where I am. I know that I am never going to have that pre-baby belly ever again...without the help of a good plastic surgeon. (This is actually something that I think should come with the birth of your 3rd child. I believe you should deliver, hold and cuddle your baby and then when they taken them away to the nursery you should be whisked away for a quick little tummy tuck. I also believe that with each additional child you should get a touch up!) But I digress.
Anyway, I have also been working out a lot to help with this weight loss. I finished the P90X program about 2 weeks ago and I was looking for something else to do to take the place of it. I have been doing the cardio parts of it and throwing in some other cardio DVDs that I have as well. So, I decided that I was going to start running. I really didn't know where to start but someone recommended the Couch to 5K app. I downloaded the app and started last Saturday. I have only gone on 3 run/walks so far. The first 2 times I actually thought I might die while I was running. Literally die. I have always hated running. Loathed actually. But I thought this would be a good challenge for me. Last night I went for my 3rd run/walk. Trust me, I know that I am only running for 8 minutes or so and that it is even broken up by walking in between but last night was different. Last night I actually felt like I could keep going. I wasn't afraid for my life and I was even starting to enjoy it...and then it was over. But that was ok because I felt like I left it at a good place! But the reason for my post today is this...I have some questions about running.
1. Like I said, I have never run before and I never wanted to so I know nothing about it. What do I need to know about running? I'm sure that there must be some science to it or something. I am looking for any and all tips, tricks or pieces of information that may be useful to a beginner.
2. My left knee has been bothering me for sometime now. I went to the Dr and he said the knee feels good and is stable so I should just try to rest it. I did that and nothing changed. I am thinking it might be my hamstrings or IT band. Any recommendations on what to do for that problem? Someone recently suggested a knee band from the pharmacy so I went out and bought one but I don't really think it is doing anything, but I could be wearing it wrong too.