To take the place of the 10 week Fresh Start fitness/health programme, I have started the 9 week (estimated) NHS Choices Couch to 5K running programme. The C25K programme is a downloadable podcast that encourages you to build up to running a full 5 kilometres.
Week 3 consists of a 5 minute warm up walk, followed by a 90 second run,
a 90 second walk, a 3 minute run and a 3 minute walk (then repeat all
once). The final 3 minute walk is considered your cool down walk.
Today was the first run in which I've used my new iPod. Up to now, I was "one of those people" who swore he would never get an Apple product. My main gripe is that they're so expensive (£147+ for a white 8GB iPod Touch). Now that I have one though, I rather like it. The iPod is stored in a "one size fits most" armband which I put on my upper right arm when I'm out and about. The armband is water resistant, which is good, and is hidden from sight under my t-shirt sleeve. It took me a few minutes to get used to, but once I did, I barely paid it any notice. Unfortunately, I don't have the sensor for the Nike+ app yet, so can't say whether I like it or not.
The run itself went well with my pace slightly increased since the first run. Monday's run finished at exactly 2 laps (approximately 1.6 miles according to Google); today's run finished a little ways past that, so I went ahead and completed the third lap accompanied by a few of my own mp3s.
I found the first 3 minute run to be slightly more difficult than last time; by the time Laura said "slow down" I was huffing and quite out of breath. The second 3 minute run wasn't as bad though and I had enough energy to push my speed a bit during the final 60 seconds.
Today was "weighing in" day. My "just me" weight this week is 148 lbs; my clothed weight is 68 kg. A slight increase, but well within normal perimeters.
I also picked up my blood test results from my GP today and made an appointment to see Dr. Curtis, my gender specialist, at the end of this month. Hopefully he'll give me the OK to pursue top surgery.