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I Underestimated Myself!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Finally the weather cooperated, so today was the first day of my Couch to 5K Challenge. I awoke with trepidation, breaking from my usual routine of one hour on the treadmill, but I got dressed and headed out the door. Start with a 5 minute walk, then alternate between 60 seconds of jogging to 90 seconds of walking repeating 8 times ending with a brisk 35 minute walk. I DID IT!!!! No problem and I actually loved every minute of it! 2 years ago if you would have told me that with a bad back, vertigo, and at the age of 52, I would be training for a 5K, I would have laughed in your face!! I kept giving myself every excuse for why I COULDN'T do it, never telling myself why CAN'T you do it? I'm so glad I trusted myself. Who knew???!!! I know you've heard this a million times, but if I can do it, so can you. I truly believe this. Go for it!!! You won't be sorry and you will be so proud of yourself! Fates willing, I will blog again at the end of my 9 week training and be searching for my first 5K to run in. Wait....did I really say that??????
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  • L_A_C_E_
    ty for writing this. I made it through 5wks of the program using the treamill. Ran wk 6d2 outside today and felt like a failure. You gave me the motivation not to give up, but keep trying to build up. I have a month still before my 5k, so that should still be enough time to correct. again, ty. It's given me hope.
    4025 days ago
  • GUIN0001
    I too underestimate myself on a regular basis. Glad you have overcome a hurdle. Good luck on your program and 5K race. It's a remarkable experience.

    4061 days ago
  • BEACHDREAMS
    One of the things I've loved most about Spark is the flowering of new parts of myself, new adventures into formerly unreachable behavior--once we reach one goal, others seem more do-able. And I am delighted to hear your story!

    And I look forward to hearing how the training goes. Good work!!
    4062 days ago
  • GOING2LOSENOW
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  • CRYSTALPISTOL2
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  • FITKAT2010
    Congrats!
    4062 days ago
  • KARENSTAR1
    Wow, it really is mind over matter. What an inspiration you are. I went back and read your old blogs so I also see how far you've come! Congrats!!

    You find that 5K and sign right up!

    -Karen emoticon
    4062 days ago
  • HAPPYMOM8
    You Go Girl! Pat emoticon
    4062 days ago
  • BELIEVINGISEING
    We are a lot stronger than we think we are.Our brain is amazing, it can make you believe in the impossible or believe its not possible. You can do anything you believe you can. You are awesome and YOU DID IT! Pam
    4062 days ago
  • NHGRL68
    That's so AWESOME!!! emoticon I think I underestimate myself a lot too and tell myself that something is just too hard or I wont be able to do it, just so I wont even have to try. It sounds like you have come such a long way! You're truly an inspiration! Keep up the good work and emoticon
    4062 days ago
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    Congratulations! Good for you for surprising yourself!!
    4062 days ago
  • MSWEEZER
    Congratulations!!! And yes, we all do it ourselves at times. I'm no different. I am not training for a 5k run, I'm doing my first 5k as a racewalker in less than two weeks. Funny, I don't care about the time as much as being sure I have the technique. I can walk for miles without a problem but this is unique in itself. So you've inspired me NOT to chicken out. I will do this!

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for pushing yourself as well. Healthy in our 50's is the best!!! emoticon
    4062 days ago
  • WALKINGGRANDMA
    Why don't you register for a 5K so you HAVE to make it. Isn't it amazing how much more we can do than we ever thought possible, especially at our age?
    4062 days ago
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