Friday, April 13, 2012
Just over a month ago when I started on my Spark journey for real, I was out of breath if I ran 50 metres and could not go any further.
Not sure then where I got the notion to decide I was going to start training for a 5k!!
Just two weeks ago, on the 4th of April, I joined the 5k rookie challenge. In the space of those two short weeks I cannot believe how long I can now jog.
By normal standards, it is still not very far but I am doing 2.6 miles in 30 mins half walk/half jog! By my standards, I could never believe I could do it.
When thinking about it I had loads of excuses – no time, a not great ankle, people might see me!! I know the last one sounds funny, but I have read blogs from at least two others in the last week that had the same fear. I am so thankful to them for sharing that because I thought I was the only one.
Why didn’t I want anyone to see me? I live in a small community and I know lots of people and I thought I would look stupid jogging and being a little older than the usual jogger!! I probably did at first and probably still do when I am getting tired, but I am getting better all the time! When I had considered everything, I decided I wasn’t going to let the opinions of others come between me and my health. They won’t be around when I am dealing with my regrets and the ‘what might have beens’ ! And I was reminded yesterday by another blogger, that no matter how slow I was going I was lapping those on the couch – so true, or in my case, those still in bed as I tend to do it early in the morning.
Also, one neighbour met me yesterday and said how she wished she could do it! I wanted to tell her she could but didn’t want to sound too preachy! But I know one parent of kids that go to the same school as my kids, was an inspiration to me. Maybe like she was to me, I can even be an inspiration to others and they may think that if I am doing it they can too.
I also know that I have pains and my ankle can be sore at night, but I also know I that I had plenty pains and aches before I started and if anything I have less now so that won’t stop me yet.
So here I am at the end of week two of my 5k rookie training. Just 6 weeks to go and it is looking very like I will make it!! So very exciting! Maybe at last I will be ready to go public and run an actual 5K (with people looking!!! LOL)!