On my refrigerator is a spreadsheet with the entire C25K program printed on it. Every time I return from a run, I "X" out the corresponding box. When I repeat a day, I make a cross through it so it looks like a little star. It is a very satisfying exercise and it gives me a visual representation of what I am accomplishing. Today, as I marked the W4D2 box I realized I was half way through the program. Wow! I have come so far and am excited to know that there is still a long way ahead of me. If I have made such amazing strides for myself in 4 1/2 weeks, just think what I can do in the next 4 1/2 weeks!
Yesterday afternoon was just beautiful. I had every window in the house open and the evening was warmer than usual. I got my things ready last night for today's run expecting more of the same, so was deeply disappointed to awaken to the realization that I'd be running in the rain again. It's fine to run in the rain, but really not as enjoyable to me as starting the day running in the crisp, clean, cool air of a bright, blue morning. On top of the crummy weather, the rain brings out the slugs. I swear, it's like the onslaught of rain is to slugs is what the lighting of the Olympic torch is to humans. They come out in force ready to show off their finesse and skill. The only problem is, I feel like I am running on an obstacle course. I haven't spoken to this yet, but I have a history of unique and cataclysmic accidents that have landed me hurt, on crutches, in the ER, and wrapped in bandages on many occasions. I'll say that no one has ever used the word graceful to describe me, so it is with extra caution that I tread on this slug land mine field. And of course, as I've mentioned before, I don't live in an area I would consider to be inhabited by the most responsible dog owners, so there are quite a few land mines of another kind I must watch for on the sidewalks (argh!).
Nevertheless, I kicked W4D2's ass. It had me in a tight corner that last 2 minutes of the last run, but I found some punch and finished strong. It felt good. I felt strong and alive. I want to continue feeling this way. I hope now that we are moving into a phase of longer running, I'll start to see more results in the weight loss department. I am still noticing differences in how my clothes fit, but I'd really like to start seeing more differences on the scale. I am committed to this 100% though, so I know that I will reach my goals, I know that I CAN DO IT!