Scroll on over a few posts ago and you’ll see that I’ve set out on a pretty serious goal: Couch to 5k.
I would like to report that I have just completed week two!
Despite my enthusiasm, it hasn’t been easy. Yesterday, I hit a wall. “This isn’t fun,” I thought, as I hit my last burst of running. I was a bit discouraged. Could I be thinking about giving up, with so many more weeks to go? I could imagine a “real” runner seeing my minute and a half running/two minute walking cycles as laughable, but, for a non-runner like myself, it’s an accomplishment. But, there is another, positive development that counteracted this “wall:” a little voice that reminds me, “hey, it’s time to go running!” Yep, it’s becoming a positive habit!
After yesterday’s discouraging day, I set off for a four-mile journey to our local park. When I began running, I felt yesterday’s discouragement. So, after fifteen minutes I let myself begin “just walking.” I was in the woods by then, and had taken out my earbuds to enjoy the woodland sounds. I reached the end of a path and thought, “I am just going to run as long as I want, and stop when I want to.” So, I turned on some Freelance Whales and let myself go. The woods were wet, but budding and calm. I had a burst of energy, and I was having fun! I ended up running 7 minutes without stopping!
It was a small step, but it was a meaningful one for me.
So, week three, here I come!