“I can’t Run” But I knew, deep down, that there was really no reason, physically, that I couldn’t run – I would sort of “try” to run, but as soon as it felt a little uncomfortable, I’d just walk. I didn’t have the confidence or mental strength to push myself farther. It’s simply “mind over matter. Right?
My friend, Sarah suggest couch to 5k training and agreed to start with me. This meant I actually had someone to question my progress or lack of. Soooo I decided to give running another shot.
At first, I could only run 1 minute at a time.
Only being able to run 1 minute at a time was humbling and hard for me to comprehend seeing as I didn’t think I was in that bad of shape. I could do a day long shopping cardio workout in six inch heels, no problem, but once I hit the pavement I was huffing and puffing and my legs felt like lead. Suddenly, I felt so out of shape!
Whatever! En0ugh is enough. I’ve been psyching myself up for it long enough. I’m going to do it! And my friend Sarah was doing it with me! YAY!!!!
We started interval training for running. I started with the whole 1 min run/1 min walk etc. and SLOWLY building up
When I run I can’t even make it to the third interval and it begins… Nothing hurts or burns, but I find after a couple of minutes I realize my breath is getting more and more shallow and I have to stop to catch my breath. I pay attention to my breathing to avoid having to pee, needing air, dry mouth, coughing and a few other things that cross through my mind while I sweat like a PIG and just seem to run out of air.
When my heart rate starts to rise and it starts to feel difficult, I was thinking, “I don’t want to do this! This sucks!” But I made a conscious decision to replace that thought with, “I KNOW I can do this. Sarah will know if I quit. I WILL do this.” I just kept thinking that over and over. And it worked. It was not easy, but I stuck it out. Wooohoooo!
I “sprinted” (that ugly jerking motion that is slightly faster than my shuffle) the last five intervals. Nope. Same time. 60 seconds. Possibly 1 minute 5 seconds, since I am just going by looking at the time on my phone when I started and stopped running, but I did it!
The next time Sarah and I planned we would run. I figured it would be a great day to start it again. It was great! I ran every 60 second interval completely. The last couple of running intervals were tough, I am so psyched. I CAN run! Knowing that I’m in no hurry. I’m feeling like I have conquered this running thing, It is liberating. I really want to stick with this program. I want to RUN a 5K race, not just walk one.
Day 2 – I did it again! One more training day to go in week one. Why am I already scared of week two, when the running intervals increase? nothing is impossible, right? Oh dear lord, give me strength to stop listening to the voices in my head.
Day 3 – Whew! Week one down. It was tough I’m not going to be scared of week 2, I think?
I bought some “running” shoes. They are really comfy, but I don’t know if they may have changed my life or something. What just happened? OMG I’m still running.
Next I’m going to learn to swim! (without holding my nose )
Running with headphones means that no one can judge your choice of running music, no matter how cheesy it may be. When your running motivation is lacking, sometimes a song that conjures up that image of Rocky running up the steps is all you need. The playlist of upbeat and powerful running songs will inspire you to run. This is some of my favorite music to run with.
- Lose Yourself
- Get This Party Started
- Whatever You Like
- Crazy Bitch
- We Can’t Stop
- Knock You Down