Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Friday, July 27, 2012
So, I'm starting to feel like a runner now, even though I'm not likely to break any land speed records at least anytime soon. Lately, I've been seeking out motivational sayings and posters to help keep me going with the running program and when I find one I like it goes on my bulletin board at work or in my running journal. Sparkpeople has some very good motivators on their new page. One of my favorites found there says, "Whether it's a 15-minute mile or a 7-minute mile, it's still a mile." Don't you love that one? I ran a little over 13 minutes per mile in my 2nd 5K which was last weekend. I felt very good about that time because it was much better than my time for the 5K last April which I mostly had to walk. I'm making good progress thanks to the training group I joined. I signed up for the next 12 week program because I'm afraid without the momentum of being in this group with the supportive running friends I've made and the super coaches that I'd never keep up with it on my own. This time around I'm in the 5K run program instead of the walk run. In the walk run program we built up our endurance by doing walking and running intervals. In this session we will pretty much just run -- not necessarily fast -- but work on running the entire distance. My new goal is to run my next 5k in less than 40 minutes. I'm sure I can do it -- I'm close! But just finishing will always be my primary goal.
I love how running is making me feel strong. It also de-stresses me and helps me sleep better at night. Running is something I never really thought I could do -- never even wanted to do, really, so it's been fun to see what I'm capable of and yes, even amaze myself a little bit. My life is really in transition right now, and I've found doing things that focus on me (for a change) has really helped me to move forward and not dwell on all the changes in my life over which I have no control. Another saying I posted where I can see it throughout the day is "Either you run the day or the day runs you." I love how much truth you can find in these short sentences. I'm really glad I've discovered running and how good it makes me feel. While I'm running, and sweating, and breathing hard I don't always remember that I love running. However, when I'm finished and reflecting on what just happened, I FEEL SO GOOD. I'm so grateful that I finally have discovered an activity that I love that can be done pretty much anywhere and for just the cost of a good pair of shoes (don't try to do this without good running shoes!). I hope I'll be able to keep this up for years to come.