Monday, April 2, 2012

I WORKED HARD

Yesterday morning, I completed the C25K's Week 4 Day 1! For those of you who do not know, this is what W4D1 looks like:

Run 3 minutes
Walk 90 seconds
Run 5 minutes
Walk 2 1/2 minutes
Run 3 minutes
Walk 90 seconds
Run 5 minutes
Walk 2 1/2 minutes

I tried twice last week to complete my first 5 minute run before I finally did it on Sunday. I felt very motivated to complete it after trying and failing twice. I didn't want to have to start over a third time.

Stretching after my run.

During my first 3 minute run, I was mostly focused on my breathing. I was running uphill the entire time so towards the end of the 3 minutes, my breathing started to get erratic, which made me nervous. I began thinking that I wouldn't make it through my next run. I quickly calmed myself down and before I knew it, it was time to walk for 90 seconds.

My first 5 minute run was downhill for most of the run. I took it very SLOWLY. By the time that I was jogging back uphill, I just kept telling myself that I've come farther than I have before, and I can't give up now. Just PUSH! During the last 10 second of my run, I smiled. I knew that I did it!

My next run was 3 minutes long at which point I turned down a new road, not originally marked for my run. Between the change of scenery and the level ground, this run flew by! My breathing was regular for the duration of this run; it almost felt as if I were walking!

My last run of 5 minutes began and I felt like a warrior. I took off, knowing that nothing was going to stop me. However, that feeling wore off about one minute into the run. That is when my inner cheerleader kicked in. If it weren't for that, I don't know if I would have made it. My mantras were “you can do it; you’ve come this far, don’t give up now; you can’t give up; you need to keep going because it will feel so good when you finish; after completing this, you can truly say that you've worked hard for your weight loss; you are in the process of earning the phrase “I worked hard”. During the second half of that 5 minute run, I could see those words in my mind in all capital letters, "I WORKED HARD" and that is what kept me going throughout the last minute. When I heard that I only had one minute to go, I was smiling with tears in my eyes as I ran. I DID IT! I worked hard and I finished it!

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