C25K - Week Five - Day Three

Saturday, June 16, 2012

It’s 80% humidity outside right now and ever single centimeter of my body is glistening with sweat right now. I am exhausted. I am triumphant.

Today, I ran for 20 minutes straight. Actually, a little more than 20 minutes since I thought she was going to tell me when I was at the 60 second mark, but she didn’t so I pushed to meet my physical marker running.

It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be and actually better than the day two run. But god was it hot out there. I was dripping with sweat before I even finished my warm-up walk and I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to finish, but I just kept telling myself over and over that I could do this, that I knew I could.

Around minute 14, there was a lady I kept passing in the opposite direction and I noticed she was doing interval runs so I sort of slowed down and took out a headphone to ask if she was doing Couch to 5k, she wasn’t though she said it sounded like a good program and was probably a good idea but I kept sort of running in circles while I talked to her and then went on my way. We didn’t pause long enough for me to tell her that I was doing Couch to 5k and that it is amazing.

Because I’ve been doing my runs every other day, or nearly every other day, I’m finishing week 5 of the program even though I’ll only have been doing it for 5 weeks on Tuesday, and if you had told me all those weeks ago that I would be running for 20 minutes and frankly enjoying it, I would have walked away from you (since I couldn’t really run back then).

I am so happy that I’m doing this program. It has definitely helped me to become more in tune with my body and I feel happier and stronger and more capable with each passing week.

I know now, absolutely, that I can do this. I can get to the point of running for 30 minutes straight. I know that I can and I’m not afraid of it anymore. Honestly, this run was the most terrifying for me because there was no walking, it was all running, and I wasn’t sure I trusted myself to be able to do it, but I did. I surprised myself so much, a common theme lately, and I am so proud of myself and I look forward to seeing what I am capable of in the future.

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    I keep starting C25K and never finishing it. This seems like some great motivation for me to get back and track and really do it. Weather is beautiful where I live in California right now, so why the heck not!
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