Saturday, June 16, 2012
Itís 80% humidity outside right now and ever single centimeter of my body is glistening with sweat right now. I am exhausted. I am triumphant.
Today, I ran for 20 minutes straight. Actually, a little more than 20 minutes since I thought she was going to tell me when I was at the 60 second mark, but she didnít so I pushed to meet my physical marker running.
It really wasnít as bad as I thought it was going to be and actually better than the day two run. But god was it hot out there. I was dripping with sweat before I even finished my warm-up walk and I wasnít sure that I was going to be able to finish, but I just kept telling myself over and over that I could do this, that I knew I could.
Around minute 14, there was a lady I kept passing in the opposite direction and I noticed she was doing interval runs so I sort of slowed down and took out a headphone to ask if she was doing Couch to 5k, she wasnít though she said it sounded like a good program and was probably a good idea but I kept sort of running in circles while I talked to her and then went on my way. We didnít pause long enough for me to tell her that I was doing Couch to 5k and that it is amazing.
Because Iíve been doing my runs every other day, or nearly every other day, Iím finishing week 5 of the program even though Iíll only have been doing it for 5 weeks on Tuesday, and if you had told me all those weeks ago that I would be running for 20 minutes and frankly enjoying it, I would have walked away from you (since I couldnít really run back then).
I am so happy that Iím doing this program. It has definitely helped me to become more in tune with my body and I feel happier and stronger and more capable with each passing week.
I know now, absolutely, that I can do this. I can get to the point of running for 30 minutes straight. I know that I can and Iím not afraid of it anymore. Honestly, this run was the most terrifying for me because there was no walking, it was all running, and I wasnít sure I trusted myself to be able to do it, but I did. I surprised myself so much, a common theme lately, and I am so proud of myself and I look forward to seeing what I am capable of in the future.
I AM TRIUMPHANT!