December 30, 2010

Running Update!

I posted awhile back that I was starting the Couch to 5K program. I did about 3 weeks, and then sickness, travel, the holidays, etc. started to happen! I didn't get to the gym for a good while. I knew I wasn't going to quit, because I am really determined to make a go of this running thing!

So yesterday, I had the urge to go the gym. I think it was the post-holiday feelings of "I definitely ate too much" and just the need to release some energy, maybe? Kurt got home early from work, and while Evy napped I went to the gym.

On a whim, I decided to just get on the treadmill and see how far I could run without stopping. I had never done that (in my life), and I was more curious than anything. So I started listening to my music and started running.

I didn't look at the screen for as long as I could (again, I was curious!). I looked down and saw .38. I thought to myself, Oh, I can definitely go half a mile. But how awesome would it be if I made it to a mile!?

So I kept running.

I thought about our adoption, I prayed a good bit, I listened to great music, and the right songs seemed to come on at the right time. I got into a groove and somehow didn't feel uncomfortable. I finally looked down at the screen again.

.83! I'm going to make it to a mile!

I saw 1.00 hit the screen and did a silent little cheer for myself. ONE MILE! I did it! Then I really got ambitious. What if I did 1.5 miles? I would feel so awesome!

This went on bit by bit, and by the end of my workout:

I ran 1.93 miles without stopping! That's the farthest I've ever gone in my life!

I couldn't believe it, and I was so, so proud of myself. I don't give myself many pats on the back, but I did on this one! I think doing several weeks of C25K got my body used to the jogging motion, and when I began running yesterday, it went into autopilot.

Am I ready to run a 5K? No. Can I imagine running a 10K or half marathon right now? Heck to the NO. But I did something that was such a big deal FOR ME. As someone who had never jogged even at recess on the playground, this was a big step for me!

I think I'm going to try it again soon, once Evy is with Kurt or my mom. Kurt told me that running 2 miles isn't just a fluke, and that I'll be able to do it again, and again. I don't know that I'll use C25K anymore, simply because I can just add little bits of distance from here on out. I ran the entire time, so I'll only use walking when/if I need it from here on out.

I can't believe I RAN 2 MILES!
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