Monday, July 23, 2007

My C25K Journey

I mentioned earlier that I was completing a C25K (Couch to 5K) running program. You can find this on cool runnings .com if you are interested.
Running is hard and I will start by saying I'm not a runner. Never have proclaimed to be one or found it as something that interested me. However, my PT suggested that I try the program as a new avenue of fitness. I have a love/hate relationship for it at this point. You see, one run can make you feel like you are the best runner life has to offer and the next run can make you feel like you will cough up a lung or erp one if you know what I mean :)

Yesterday I went to a "real" running store and purchased a "real" pair of running shoes. I'm hoping this will help with my performance as well. How fun, to be fit by "real" runners and to be part of this "club" now :) Above is a picture of my new shoes.

I'm starting the 8th week of the program and will run for 28 minutes with a five minute walk warm-up and a five minute walk cool down. Yesterday I ran with a friend who has trained for half marathons before and she is darn good. Her pace is faster than mine so I struggle to even keep up with her which in all honesty I cannot. However, I'm happy about this because I have a goal which is too keep up with her. We will be running our first race on August 11th and I'm confident that she will do great. My goal is to just complete the 5K (3.1 miles) jogging the entire way.
I found a quote by George Patton that will be my motto until the race and perhaps afterwards as well:

"Human beings are made up of flesh and blood, and a miracle fiber called courage."

I know this is something I can do and the courage is what will pull me through to the end.


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