Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ignoring the voices

When I started my C25K program back in January, I honestly could not see myself running a 5K.  That's 3.1 miles. The first time I ran for 60 seconds, I thought I was going to die. After I did W1D1, it took 3 tries to do W1D2.  And when I had to run 5 minutes---my lungs were about to explode.  I dreaded W5D3, because I had heard about the 20 minute run---and I was terrified.  There was no way I, at almost 300 pounds, was going to be able to run for 20 minutes straight---and live to tell about it.  Honestly, with all my doubts, I'm not sure why I even started.
                                      


But I started.  And except for the 3 weeks it took to do Week 4 (I was sick and also out of town during that time), I have kept on pace. I have 2 more runs (Thursday and Saturday) before I work on a running a full 5K.  My times are nowhere near what the app says they should be.  (2.5 miles in 25 minutes? Umm no.)  But I am running. And I'm running farther every time. On Thursday, I ignored the voice in my head (well, in my earbuds!) that told me to stop running after 25 minutes.  And I run 2 miles in 35 minutes.  Again on Tuesday, I ignored the voice in the app that said, "Begin cool down".  I was shooting for another 2 miles. But then my favorite song to run to come on. (Gold by Britt Nicole) so I kept on running.  I ran for 2.25 miles (just a few seconds short of 40 minutes).  


                                       

For my next few runs, I'm going to focus on one more 1/4 mile. And then I'll be at 5K.  I have some time before my first race (July), so I will keep moving forward.  And I will keep increasing my pace and my distance.

                                     

Oh yeah. I know why I started. Because I was tired of my body telling me what I couldn't do. I decided to tell my body what to do.  And so I run.

I'm a little late getting the link up posted, but here it is:

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9 comments:

  1. Good for you!! So wonderful!

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  2. Julie, you are doing amazing!! I am excited for you!!

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  3. oh you have come so so far!! I'm only in week four and those five minute stretches sure are nerve-wracking. Hopefully I can keep pushing myself like you do and get through it too. Even when it comes to the 20 minute runs!!

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  4. Awesome post, Julie! You've accomplished so much!

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  5. This is so great! You are doing so well!!!

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  6. Good for you Julie! I am doing the C25K too and was up to W5D3 a few weeks ago before I had surgery. I am currently working my way back up to that point. I'm a little doubtful as to whether I can do 20 minutes too but I'm going to try!

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  7. I never worry about time. What's important is getting off our fannies and doing something! You are an inspiration!

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  8. I'm so impressed with how you've stuck to this - you are a runner!!! Your first 5K race sounds like it's going to be a blast!

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  9. YAY! How fantastic. Glad that song came on because it is true, you ARE worth more than gold!

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