I did it! I mapped out my route in advance and made a goal to make it the entire 2 miles regardless of how long it took me. I figured I would be really tired because I didn't know what my pace was, but I was pretty sure it was slow and that I wasn't really hitting the distance marks. So on Sunday morning, I got up early and set out.
As I usually do, I started with a short walk and then some stretching before I kicked into my 5 minute warm up walk. Then the running began. So far, W5D1 is my favorite run. I find the run times to be challenging, but not defeating and the walk times in between to be just enough. It is amazing to me that as I am moving along, watching the scenery go by, running further than I have in a great many years, I find myself actually feeling stronger by the minute (as opposed to weaker like I did in the beginning). And do you know what I found even more amazing??? I hit the 2 mile distance marker 20 seconds before the last 5 minute interval was over. I know it is only 20 seconds, but to me, it was so much. It told me that I was stronger than I had been giving myself credit for. I really felt so full of pride and accomplishment!!!!
Once I returned home, there was little time to relish my milestone. It was Father's Day, after all, and I had a breakfast to make for my husband (eggs Benedict), food to cook for a potluck, children to get ready and day bags to pack. I barely had time to squeeze in a shower and get myself ready, never mind sit down to write my blog. It was a wonderful day though...and while I may have eaten and drank more calories than I ran off during the party, it was a really fun and special day. More running to do in the morning and less food to consume over the course of the day, so hopefully the scale will tip the other way! Tomorrow, I move on to W5D2. I will be running for time and then I will repeat the day and run for distance on Thursday. That gives me until Saturday to mentally prepare for W5D3, the dreaded 20 minute run without any walking. No matter how good I am feeling, that run still seems like a giant leap...I will be prepared though. I am doing now what I though impossible a few weeks ago, so why not 20 minutes? I can do it. I CAN do it. I CAN DO it. I CAN DO IT!!!