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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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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!

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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!

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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.

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    Oh. Mygosh. How freaking inspiring!!!!! That's SUCH an impressive change in 4 months time! I needed to see this today, because I've been really struggling with my 5k training (which at the moment, I'm only running 2 minutes, 15 seconds at a time, and that seems like it lasts FOREVER). Seeing you succeed at this when you started at 30 seconds...maybe I can do it too! Thank you for sharing this awesome victory with us :-)
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    2371 days ago
    You ROCK! Way to go! What a great feeling - enjoy every great thing you think about yourself because you are SO worth it. Glad to see all your hard work is really paying off.
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    2372 days ago
    It is a good thing you are that excited about running. I get excited each week when I am able to complete that week. I am only on week 4 of the c25k. I felt a little silly starting to run at 45, but I have noticed the majority of the runners are our age. What you did isn't easy so be proud!!

    2372 days ago
    You are the shiz!!! I can't even imagine 20 minutes yet. I bet you feel awesome. Congratulations :)
    2373 days ago
    Incredible work--and so inspiring!! Keep up the fantastic work--you have absolutely earned bragging rights today!!
    2373 days ago
    GREAT JOB!!! That is awesome. Running is very much a mental sport - it's so easy to convince yourself that you can't do something. Keep up the good work and be confindent in your abilities!!

    GREAT progress in 4 months, by the way! You're doing such a fantastic job, Runner Girl. :)
    2373 days ago
    That is so super awesome cool!!! Way to go!

    2373 days ago
    Yaaaaaaaaaaay! That's amazing emoticon and you just kicked off the competitor in me - well if she can jog 20 minutes I can flippin well jog for 3! You're good for me : p
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    Congrats!! That is awesome! Knew you can do it!
    And yeah, I know what you mean when you said you don't believe yourself when you say something but you do others. Just remember this feeling and next time you think you might not be able to do something tell yourself you can, and did, so you can do it again!
    2373 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/23/2012 7:54:56 AM
    WOOOHOOO KILL IT!!!! You are awesome! You've got this, don't doubt yourself! No matter how fast or slow we are, we are RUNNERS!!!! Congratulations on all the successes you've made so far not just better faster longer running but healthy habits and lowering your BMI too. You've done such a great job keep it up!
    2373 days ago
  • no profile photo ORBITTEL
    wow! I did my first 20 minute walk/jog on the couch to 5k running program (week 5 day 3!) today :)))). Which program are you doing?
    2373 days ago
    I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and a million more effing emoticons!!!
    2373 days ago
  • CHERRY666
    It's not stupid at all! This is a huge deal and I'm so happy for you! =)
    2373 days ago
    That feeling, when you conquer running for a longer period of time then you're use to? Get use to it, cause I can tell you're going to be feeling it a lot more! WAY TO GO! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2373 days ago

    GO YOU!


    2373 days ago
    It is NOT stupid that this is such a big deal. THIS IS A HUGE FREAKING DEAL!!! You ran 20 minutes without stopping. Twice. You are FIT!

    So your BMI isn't where you want it, so what? You have achieved a level of fitness that the average person probably couldn't boast about. I seriously mean that! Most people, even average weight, can't run for 40 freaking minutes. But you did it!

    You are a runner.

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  • MIRAGE727
    Now, ya really wanna have some fun, try Jeff Galloway's Training. Intervals will help you get further and you use a walk/run strategy. I was turned on to it by Half and Full Marathon runners!
    2373 days ago
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