i did it! i started the c25k ("couch to 5k") program! you may have seen this photo i instagrammed yesterday: (follow me! i'm mykindaperfect)
the weather was perfect: 50 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, and a slight breeze.
and i had a perfect companion: my bff. (she's a runner and a really great cheerleader for me!)
we headed out at about 11:30 after gulping down a couple of delicious protein smoothies with some fruit.
i knew starting a training program like c25k was the only way to get me running...and i mean the only way. the thought of running for several continuous minutes (or miles!) is a bit daunting right now. i've never been a runner...but i've never really tried either. i know a lot of my roadblocks are in my head...like feeling like my endurance is just so limited...but if i just try, i'll see how far i can actually go!
so day one went well! we ventured out on a quiet road near my bff's house. it's a dead end road that's a mile long, so we parked a bit away to get our warm up 'brisk walk' in (making our journey just a little over 2 miles). then, following the instructions the lady told us through the c25k app on my iphone, we switched between 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of running. we had only finished about two thirds of the route when the day's program was complete!
so, like the champions we are, we just kept going with the program until we were almost back at the car...jogging for 60 seconds followed by 90 seconds of walking. on our last jogging interval, i pushed myself to go to 'the next telephone pole', which put the jogging passed 60 seconds to more like 90! go us!
pushing yourself is hard...but once you've done it...boy does it feel good.
i told myself, "you can do it." and i did! like a boss!
damn, it feels good to be a gangsta.
so, with day one down...i feel so much better. i've actually stepped out in my sneakers and followed a program that will help me improve my running and complete my goal of running a 5k this year.
oh yeah, about that. i'm totally doing two. when i told my bff and a few other friends about the color vibe run that's coming to new hampshire, they were all excited to say "we're in!!"...and how can i say 'no' to that?! (and i'll be participating in the 5k 'fun run' at my 10 year college reunion the following weekend!)
so...mark your calendars for may 25th: my first 5k. maybe it can be yours too!
if you're interested in joining my team, just send me an email here. so far we've got a team of 5 and anyone else is more than welcome to join in! registration is $43.75 (including a $3.75 processing fee) and includes a color pack and a white t-shirt.
in setting goals and pushing yourself...