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Thursday, July 11, 2013

I did it!

After the last fail on trying week seven c25k on my road, I went to the park to run again. It was my husband's day off and he gave me a lift there and back. I did the 25min run and went nearly 2.5 miles. It was hard (very) but I did it.

But he doesn't have another day off until Sunday, which is too late to wait to get my next run in. So I worked on figuring out a way to do it without the car.

Today I started at my house and began to walk west down my road. After the five minute warm up I turned and began to run east. I went past my house and continued to the next cross road. Down the cross road is a steep hill and straight ahead is a steep hill so I turned there and ran back west (past my house again!) and kept going to the top of the very, very steep bit in that direction. At that point I only had three minutes left to run so I turned yet again and ran (uphill but a more gentle incline) the last three minutes. It then took me 14 minutes to walk home, all of which was uphill but gently uphill.

So I had a total workout of 19 minutes of walking and 25 minutes of running. There were hills both up and down during both the walking bits and the running bits. But I avoided completely the huge, steep hill on all three routes that I could take from my house.

My closest neighbors probably will think I'm insane going back and forth like that! And I went pretty slowly (the hills are no joke to run even if I wasn't doing the biggest one!). But I did it!!!

the music on my iPod when I was just finishing was Gungor' song Crags and Clay, the ending part: "Fearfully and wonderfully and beautifully made" It seemed fitting. Both because it was a miracle I could do this. Our bodies can sometimes do things that seem amazing and that we might have thought impossible! But also because I was sooooo grateful to be stopping : )
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    What a great lyric to end with! YOU DID IT! Those hills, even the smaller ones, are no joke when it comes to running/walking. I heard that lots of Tough Mudders said KY's course was the hardest they'd ever done b/c it was hilly - this from tough athletes! Who cares what the neighbors think? I'd bet they are actually thinking "I should get off the couch and do that too."
    You never know who you might "spark!"
    Congratulations on all your success with the C25K! You are an ATHLETE!
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    I love that you are looking at possibilities.
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