Remember a few days ago when I was being a whiny little bee-yotch about Week 10?
Remember when I said "I'm going to be stuck on Week 10 forever..."?
Well, when I'm wrong, I'm wrong, because DUDE, I RAN FOR 20 MINUTES STRAIGHT TODAY!
You know what that means? I RAN FOR A FULL MILE AND A QUARTER WITHOUT STOPPING! Holy crow, I can't believe it!
What's more? I DID IT TWICE!
Yep, I did the full "Week 10, Day 2" program this morning -- Run 20, Walk 1, Run 20. Funny thing is, I totally didn't think there was any chance in h#ll that I'd be able to do it, so I'd given myself permission to stop at 16 minutes, which, at my pace, I'd estimated would be almost exactly one mile of running. But at 16 minutes, I felt like I had at least another four minutes in me, so kept going, and I did!
Heh. Can you tell I'm happy?
Now, full disclosure, I *have* run a mile before, back in 2009, but I ran it on a course that included several declining hills that gave me rests right when I needed them. It's this fact that led me to embrace the unforgiving nature of the track this time around -- I wanted a place to run that had absolutely no hills to give me any unseen advantage, just a flat, quarter-mile space.
And today I ran around that sucker five times, then ran around it five times more, just for good measure!
It's truly stupid how big a deal this is to me!
Then again, it's not so stupid -- in all honesty, I never, ever thought I could do this. I'm still kind of in shock.
So, for those of you out there who think you'll never be able to run a mile, consider this:
- I'm a 45-year-old married mother who works a full time, sedentary job.
- When I started running, my BMI was 47.9.
- I embraced the running program that I'm following because it started with :30 running intervals. All the others that I looked at started with 1:00 intervals and I didn't think I could run one full minute at a time. Sadly, I was right.
Four months later:
- I'm STILL a 45-year-old married mother who works a full time, sedentary job, but I've found ways to fit running into my schedule. I wake up earlier these days, and go to bed a little more tired, but the feeling of accomplishment is SO worth it!
- As of today, my BMI is 41.7 - still Morbid (but not for long!); finally
- Today I ran 20 minutes without stopping -- and then I turned right back around and did it again.
Today, I felt like a runner.