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Accomplishments and Understandings

Saturday, January 22, 2011

So today I accomplished a wonderful thing. I completed week 4 of the C25K. Now week 4 is not too far but for me it was a mental and physical accomplishment. After having quit before due to knee pain at week 3 this week was a bit intimidating for me. Not only was it new territory I had a worry that I would starting hurting again and not be able to make it through. So as I set out on Monday I was half afraid I wouldn't make and half determined to succeed no matter what. Thankfully the determined half is stronger than the fear I had. I made it through without stopping once. It always amazes me when I'm done running how easy it seemed now that I'm done. Of course when I'm running I try to keep my mind on other things. Although I did realize today that I would not be able to run with a partner and have a conversation. I don't feel like I'm dying for breath but I definitely could not talk to someone and run. Hmm I wonder if that comes with time or if I'm doing something wrong? Probably just comes with time. Anyway Monday will be the start of week 5 and I will have all 5 minute runs. I've already ran for 5 minutes straight so I'm not too worried about it. I'm a little worried about Friday when there will be no walking at all but I'm also excited because it will be the first time I've gone for just a "run" without any intervals. Well that's my accomplishment.

Now for the understandings. Yesterday I was down because I felt like I had failed my mom since she hasn't been getting all her calories or doing all her cardio. I had to come to the understanding that what I can do at 35 is different from what she can do at 51. What I can do and focus on being unemployed is different from what she can do working all day in a very stressful job. I am very proud of my mom and how she's doing with the water and the fact that she turned down a brownie which is her favorite. I did talk to her about it and I told her that I want her to be successful and that I will be there to encourage her but I had to separate our journeys and focus on what was best for me and allow her to focus on what's best for her. I felt much better after talking to her.

So there you have it today I accomplished a goal and grew emotionally.
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    I am 56, I decided to loose weight at 53 and 244 pounds and basically inactive. I started to run by going around a parking lot, Never did a C25k, just started to run and then ran some more.

    Over time I became a runner, and now run a fair bit. I am doing a 5km May 28 with my son and two grandson, and then a half on May 29 with my oldest grand son, who is 14.

    It may be an encouragement to your mom that some of us older people have made some progress, it might takes us a little longer but we can all get there.

    Over time you will find that you can run at a nice comfortable pace and carry on a converstaion.
    3013 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/22/2011 4:23:24 PM
    Where do you run?
    3013 days ago
    emoticon You are doing fantastic!
    3014 days ago
    Good luck!!

    Wendy emoticon
    3014 days ago
    The running and talking will come with time, I think. Yes, week 5 is the one the scariest. Don't worry, though. You'll be ready for it.
    Good for you understanding that you and your mom are in completely different situations. She will make her changes in her own time.
    3014 days ago
  • SBATES63
    Way to go on the running. You are I are almost at the same place. You can do it. It is great you are working towards a healthy lifestyle with your Mom. Together you will succeed.
    3014 days ago

    You are doing emoticon

    Please Don't sell yourself short.

    YOU ! Are Doing It!

    Take 1 Day At A Time

    I Did It and I'm sure you will too, I'm on my way to Run a 6k this Morning.

    Pat your mom on the back for a job well done also.
    3014 days ago
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