Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Last Week!

I can't believe it, but I have made it through almost 8 weeks of training for this 5k!  I have two more days of training before I officially am able to run 30 minutes without stopping.  WHAT?!?!

I'm just going to toot my own horn for a second, because I am beyond proud of myself for making it 8 weeks and for actually completing what I set out to do.  Never in a million years would I have thought that it was possible for this bod to move 3 miles on it's own.  My first week of training was tough, and I remember all I kept thinking was "how am I EVER going to run for 3 miles straight, when I can't even run for 3 minutes straight!?!?

I feel like I can finally relate to those things that runners talk about.  Ha!  I have heard runners talk about how once you get past that first mile it is easier.  I thought they were crazy.  How do you run further than a mile when after that first one you want to die?  Now I get it.  My first mile is always the hardest.  It's like my muscles take a good 10 minutes to give in and accept that they are going to have to work for the next 30 minutes.

I also understand that itch runners say they get to want to run.  My sister-in-law and I had this discussion the other day (she is also doing the same app I am doing).  We both don't like to run, but sometimes we get this desire that we just want to get outside and go running.

It's amazing how everything "they" say about working out is true :-)  As someone who has some anxiety, I have found that my anxiety level has for sure been lower.  I have also found that it has been a great way to relieve stress (especially if Paul and I had an argument...wait, we don't have those, right?). All of those migraines I had been chatting about a few months ago have disappeared.  I have, however, been going to the chiropractor too, which may help, but I am more than fine giving some credit to my running.

I still have 4 weeks until my race, so I hope to improve on my time.  Right now I am running 10 to 10 1/2 minute miles.  Not great, but not terrible for someone who was never a runner.  If I can make it over the finish line in 30 minutes or less I will be ecstatic.

So that's the progress!  For those who were curious what app I am using it is called Ease into 5k, and I could not have done this without it!  It is definitely the way to go!  I still can't believe 8 weeks ago I was struggling to run for 60 seconds!

Oh, and on the Rosie's Cozies front, we are getting closer and closer to our goal!  I am SOOO excited about this, and can't wait to see all of the hats come pouring in over the next few weeks.  I'd love to completely blow our goal out of the water!  Thanks to those who are planning on donating and have already!

1 comment:

Emily said...

10-10.5 min miles are AWESOME especially for a new runner. I'm so jealous right now. I know a lot of people who have been running and it actually sounds good to me. I think I'm nuts!
Way to go, Bets! Good luck in your race!