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35 Minutes: I did it!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Today is day one of week 4 of my 5k Running training. Today is the day I needed to run for 35 minutes without stopping. I knew I could do 20. I knew that, with two rest days, if there was a day this week I could do it, it would be today. But I was still really nervous that I wouldn't be able to. I told myself I needed to do at least 25 minutes.

I started running and the first 10 minutes flew by. Around minute 16, it started getting harder, but I kept plugging along. Minute 25 came and I wanted to stop, but I definitely didn't need to. I felt a LOT better than I had when I hit minute 20 last week, after all. Minute 30: Only 5 minutes left, I can do that. And I did! I ran for 35 minutes without stopping! 3.2 miles. My heart rate was still good, I didn't feel like I was going to fall over, and I beat my previous 5k pace by almost 2 minutes, with still 5 more training days to go! I'm feeling pretty good about myself.

I spent a lot of time on the treadmill thinking about my fitness level. About how I feel like I will never be able to run as fast and for as long as I want. About how I feel weak. I want to get stronger, faster, and go longer, but I feel like I'll never be able to. That my body just won't let me.

But wait a minute, I tell myself. I'm on freaking minute 16 of a run! Earlier this year I couldn't even hold a 2/3 walk/run set of intervals! There was a time where I started to struggle after just one minute of running. Today I did 10 without even feeling it!

My brain, my poor self esteem, and 21 years of not being fit can lie to me all they want. They can tell me I won't get better. That I won't achieve my goal of a 31:00 5k and beyond. But the treadmill doesn't lie. Those number are real. And they are improving, week by week. Whether I always recognize it or not, today I proved that I can run for 35 minutes straight. Whether I feel like one or not, I AM a runner. And I can accomplish whatever I put my mind to.
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  • MIRAGE727
    I had to come back and read this blog as you just posted a great 5K time! Yes, you did accomplish this training! Don't let anything stop you from future challenges! No matter the result, focus on the fact that you took it on!
    Stay strong, focused, and embrace it all!
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  • SUE5007
    You beat your time by 2 minutes?! emoticon

    2156 days ago
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