Last night I was really excited to do this morning's run. I kept thinking about my route and the pace I would start at. I was looking forward to putting my headphones on and losing myself in the audio book I am halfway through. I went to bed astounded that five weeks in from the starting line, I was about to go for a 20 minute run and I wasn't dreading it. In fact, I have 2 races on my calendar now - a two mile race that is right up the street from my house and a 5 K on September 11. I can't wait either. And I can hardly believe that I am doing this. It is a most amazing physical and mental transformation. Go me!
My run was no let down either. I took a nice almost mile long walk to get me warmed up and then I started in on my run. About 8 minutes in, I stopped for a few seconds to stretch my calves out as they were getting really tight and starting to hurt. I went right back to it though and never once was I feeling like I couldn't go on. I just ran, listening to my book, concentrating on my breathing and posture and felt great. I didn't look at the time again until it had been 22 minutes and I couldn't believe it. I ran for 22 minutes and I could have kept running. I didn't. I slowed down and walked strong to give myself a good cool down. I felt amazing and proud and strong.
I don't know how I could have gone so long without feeling like this. I am excited to get through week 6 so I can put the interval running behind me. I liked just running. I need to complete this program in its entirety so I can say I am a graduate of it, so I can have that sense of accomplishment and follow through. If I didn't need that, I'd be throwing interval running out the window and going for it.
Monday morning I am going to repeat W5D3 with a little bit of a quicker pace. I will be leaving that morning to make the trip down to San Francisco with my kids and will be flying to Boston the next day at 6:00 a.m. My husband is staying home, so I'm on my own with the two kids, so it's a pretty busy and hectic schedule and for that reason, I doubt I will have the chance to blog about my run. Rest assured, I will do it and I will update the Facebook C25K to make it "official". I'll be doing my runs in New Hampshire for the next three weeks though and will blog from there. So, look for the next update on Wednesday. In the meantime, continued luck and encouragement goes out to all my C25K comrades! I did it. If I can kick W5D3's ass, then you can too. I'm going to be a runner. I'm going to run in races. I am going to be strong and healthy. I am going to teach my children how to do the same. We can all do this. You can do it and I CAN DO IT too!