Hello there. I, Stevi, have completed the Couch-to-5k training. Yeah look at me go. Well actually I finished it on October 4th, but I haven’t made it to a ten minute mile so I am still about a half mile behind a 5k in 30 minutes. But I dare say that I am actually beginning to *enjoy* running. Crazy right? I never thought I could say enjoy and running in the same sentence. I am finally finding that zone while running where I can just not think, listen to my music, and just run. And I know that if I can do it, pretty much anyone can. I truly believe that. I am carrying a lot of extra weight. You just have to do it the right way and programs like Couch-to-5k are the way to go!
The wall I am beginning to hit that I want to quickly get out of is running at a slow pace. I am running about a 12 minute mile. While not as bad as it could be I really want to get that up to at least a 10 minute mile. Damn muscle memory (an mental barriers) can make speeding up difficult, but I know what I need to do and I am determined to make Friday’s workout the best ever by maintaining the pace that I begin with throughout the 30 minutes. I know I can do it because while running today I dare say it became a little easy. My breathing my fine and so was my body. I knew I could go faster, but kind of had that feeling like when you’re in a dream and you are trying to run and it feels like you are going in slow motion. As always, tomorrow is another day.
Another goal of mine now that I have a steady running schedule is to add strength training to my weekly routine. I know this will only improve my running and expedite weight loss. From previous weight loss failure I know that you can’t do it all at once and maintain it most of the time. So I think it’s good that I have a handle on my diet and running and now can add strength so I can continue to be successful and have this be a lifestyle change and not just a “diet.” It’s all a process and I am so lucky to have support from those around me.
I am almost to a size down in jeans which would be a size I haven’t been in for about 9 years. I will definitely do a happy dance. Here we go people! Isn’t it amazing when you push yourself to accomplish your goals? LIfe is too short to not try and work for our goals.
Proof of our accomplishment:
Also just for fun a beautiful sunset in the amazing St. Louis that I was lucky enough to capture this shot. While mentioning St. Louis I must say GO CARDS!!!!
Last week was rough. I don’t really know how else to put it. We were on week 7 of the Couch-to-5K program and for the first time I felt like quitting. We were running 25 minutes which we had already done once and have run 20 minutes 3 times as well. So my body could definitely do it, but my mind wasn’t having it. For the first time during this process I stopped and walked for a few seconds during TWO workouts last week. I felt defeated and like running wasn’t for me and maybe I should just quit.
I decided to reach out to my “running friends” and see what wisdom they could impart on my newbie self. All of them said that what was happening to me was normal and bad workouts happen to even the most experienced runners. This maybe obvious information was extremely helpful to me and helped me realize that I can have a bad workout or two, but that is no excuse to quit. I have made excuses about not working out and not changing my diet for far too long. Excuses are what holds us back from achieving all the things we want and deserve. There is no reason that I cannot run and cannot get to the healthy size I want to be. So thank you friends for helping me see what I was trying to ignore.
Because of wise words and digging deep into myself to figure out what was holding me back, I decided to start this week’s workout anew. Yesterday we ran for 28 minutes. I decided to run this time alone for the first time during this process so I could prove to myself that I could do it without my best running mate, my husband, by my side. I put on my iPod and blasted my “Sweatin’ to the Tunes” playlist and ran. The first few minutes didn’t feel good and I thought about stopping for half a second, and then I told that little voice in my head that it was stupid and my body could do this. Then I got into a mode. Not a runners high (haven’t achieved that yet) but I got into a zone where I told myself that nothing was going to stop me. It wasn’t easy per say, but I never felt or told myself I had to stop and I knew that the last two workouts didn’t mean anything because I could totally do this. I visualized my goals being met. For example, fitting into those smaller jeans and feeling amazing. I finished and even though it was a little slower than I hope to be I couldn’t have been more proud of myself. I proved then that bad workouts are meant to be learned from and then forgotten because there is always tomorrow. Sometimes running is difficult and it challenges me. But the most challenging part as I have said before is not what my body is capable of, but controlling my mind and convincing myself that anything is possible.
I am becoming a believer. I have never felt better about myself and what I am capable of achieving. This is a slow process, but I know I will reach my goals.
I saw this before my workout yesterday and it motivated me so I thought I would share. I’m a visual and quote person, what can I say?
I would still be happy to hear what some of you do after a bad workout? And what helps you get into that “zone” while running?