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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I did it! I finally ran today. I've wanted to "be a runner" for years. Every fall when my son begins training for cross country I promise myself I'm going to run with him. I don't. Every spring when he begins training for track I promise myself I'm going to run with him. I don't.

A few days ago I joined the Couch to 5K team (an awesomely friendly one, by the way). I checked out the training schedule. For the first week (every second day), you run for 60 seconds and walk for 90 seconds for a total of 20 minutes.

I woke up at 730 this morning. With my son being the only other family member home, and him being a teenager and seldom up before noon, I decided to go for my first run before I could make some excuses about why I couldn't. (Besides the heat, I still struggle with not wanting anyone to see me or know that I am trying this). I quickly dressed (I live on a farm, just threw some shorts and a t-shirt on), grabbed a water bottle (felt clumsy and in my way, gonna have to figure something out), and set out.

First, my "brisk 5 minute walk"--check. Now, my first 60 second run (jog actually)..check. I was fairly pleased to find that after 60 seconds I felt pretty good. (Sounds lame, I know, but you have to start from where you're at, right?) I laughed to myself as I was jogging, feeling my butt bouncing behind me. I must say, I was surprised and a little displeased--didn't think it was all that big!!!! Oh well, now I know where to concentrate some strength exercises, eh?
About halfway through my 20 minutes I began to really try to talk myself into only walking the rest. No way! I found that if I counted to 30 twice instead of to 60 I could psych myself into keeping running.

I am pleased to report that I successfully completed my W1D1 of C5K!!! I scheduled my next run for Saturday morning because you aren't supposed to run two days in a row and I work Friday morning. If I feel like it, I will run friday, but if not, I will run as soon as I get home from taking my son to work Saturday.

I'm finally doing it!!!!

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    Wow, that's great! I'm blind, so I only jog or run on the treadmill or with Leslie Samsone DVDs in the house! I'm glad you talked yourself into the entire 20 minutes rather than out of it! I found that breaking up counting into smaller amounts works for me too! I do 4 sets of various exercises in the pool and do 30 reps and sometimes with the arms I have to break it into 2 sets of 15 to get all 30 reps done! I wanted to tell you that 2 years ago I had a broken leg and was just holding onto a flotation device in the pool and kicking out behind me.... I was shocked and dismayed to feel my butt jiggling out behind me! I knew I had made some important differences in my body when I can swim, run or kick around in the pool and my butt does not jiggle! It will happen sooner than you will believe with walking and running!!
    3166 days ago
    Welcome to the team and best wishes with starting C25K! I am just getting the initial fear of trying to be a runner and have realized you need to celebrate every victory, from getting out the door to making time in your schedule to walking in the door of an athletic store and having the guts to talk to one of the employees about running shoes (my latest victory :P). So thumbs up to your first victory, and know there are many of us rooting for you every step of the way!!
    3176 days ago
    Congratulations! Good job on forcing yourself to finish the entire 20 minutes of the program. I'm up to about 12 minutes straight "jog" and the longer you run the less you notice stuff jiggling. Oh don't get me wrong, it still moves you just don't care. Just something to look forward to :)

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    WAy to go!
    3177 days ago
    emoticon Great job, the first step is the hardest, you've totally got this, keep up the good work. You'll be a 5K'er before ya know it.
    3177 days ago
    Great job!
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