C25K – Week 2 Day 3

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Since the last posting I have myself a faithful running partner – my 10 yr old!  I initially drafted him against his will.  He didn’t want to run, at all. Once he started running with the app, he was hooked.  In fact, one morning around dark:thirty A.M.  he woke me. He was fully dressed with head phones. HA!

Today we went to a nearby track and although we are at different paces, there was a new type of comradely and bonding between us.

This time I focused on my breath and didn’t worry about my time at all.  I did an easy run.  This funny thing happened.  It didn’t affect my time at all.

This week I have set a schedule for running, spinning, strengthening and yoga.  My goal is to stick to the schedule AND not over extend myself.  Focusing on enjoying the journey

and staying in the moment.

 

 

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So Much Has Happened

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Since I last posted, I have signed up for (insert drum roll)….a half marathon.  GASP!  One of the members at BGR talked me into it.  Since I’m training anyway…(Kanye shrug).  Why not?  Just keep going.  The half is in October and the progression is doable.  My only goal is to finish.

Speaking of FINISH.  I am done with Week 1 of the C25K. On Wednesday I will start Week 2. I have also drafted my 10-year-old.  Initially he was about as excited as one going in for a root canal.  After he completed Week 1 Day 1 he was okay with it and said it wasn’t too bad. New running  buddy! Yay!

As for me?  Music is EVERYTHING.  If I have the right beat going, I THINK I could run forever.  I am as slow as a drunk turtle stampeding backwards through peanut butter but in my mind I’m making serious moves.  I am enjoying this journey and the type of bonding it is creating with my son.  Excited to share it with you.

For an October 2nd half, I decided to use Jeff Galloway’s run/walk training schedule.  I will switch to it on Wednesday May 4th.  I really like his philosophy.  HERE WE GO!

Until next time….

“Set a goal so big that you can’t acheive it until you grow into the person who can” . – Unknown

C25k Week 1 Day 2

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So I am Week 1 Day 2 of this C25k thang and I’m feeling pretty confident starting out.

Except, the little lady in my phone ain’t said much since she said, “Begin running.” So I’m waiting and breathing and waiting some more. I check to make sure the thang is on. It is.

Still waiting. A teeny bit of panic sets in and finally she says begin walking. At this point I’m thinking, Man this is way harder than Sunday’s run.

So again she says begin running. I run for what should have been well over a minute and still she’s quiet, funny actin’ and don’t wanna speak. Surely once I pass this dog she will tell me to walk. Nope. Well, when I pass this old lady she gone let me walk. Nothing. Maybe she waiting for me to just pass out.

So FINALLY I get: begin walking. When it was all over, I take a closer look at the workout plan. Instead of Week 1 Day 2. I completed Week 3 Day 2. (Insert Dora Explorer Blank Stare) Well at least I know I can do week 3.

 

One Legged Warrior – GO STL 5K

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I was supposed to meet her. Honestly I thought she was just eager because it was her first 5k, but when I checked the details of where we were starting I realized I had it all wrong.  I thought the race started at 8:30am.  It started at 8:00am.  Uggh!!  How in the world did I miss that? Failed before starting.

I arrived a little after 8am which would have been fine except there was nowhere to park.  Even the obscure illegal spots were gone.

Once I finally made it to the 5k area I saw the Finish area but I didn’t see the Start area. I asked a friendly looking lady.  “You mean the 5k we just finished?”  I checked the time 8:25am.  “That would be the one.” She pointed in the direction where a crew was busy dismantling the Start gate.

I run over and he radios ahead to let “them” know he has another one.  He smiled and wished me good luck.  Now this is where I had slight anxiety.  There was no other soul in sight.  It was 8:28am now and they would soon open the roads for traffic.  I had no clue which way to go.  Forest Park is huge, you take one wrong turn and you won’t be found until 2019.

I go.  Rhythmic breathing and a steady pace.  About a quarter-mile in I spot 3 ladies walking and I am over the moon.  ‘Cause at least the 4 of us will be lost together.  Once I am in sync with them I realize my pace is a little faster, I move ahead.  Further up the road I see the tail end pack.  Whew!  I started last but I won’t be last or lost.  I feel comfortable in my stride.

That’s when I notice this lady:

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Tears came to my eyes. My God!  Determination in physical form.  She was MOVING.  How awesome was that.  I don’t know her.  I stopped to take a pic because she was motivation in motion.  Now I was fully bawling my eyes out.  I don’t know her story but it involved losing a leg and she was giving it all she had.  She inspired me to do the same.

I focused. Turned up my music and went for it. Just music and breathing.  It wasn’t too bad.  All of a sudden I could hear the announcer.  That meant I was close to the finish.   Once out of the straight away I could see the finish mark to the right but this dude was telling me to go up and over to the left.  Torture.  I just wanted to be done already.  Some finishers were crossing in front of me.  I just kept going.  When I finally get to the turn of the finish line.  One lady was cheering like crazy.  I asked her the time.  She yelled behind me – 9:08!  WHAT?  No shit?!

Unbelievable! I had not participated in a 5k in over 10 months and I had never completed one in 40 minutes.  I was hyped and I was looking for the one-legged warrior to thank but I never saw her again.  I don’t think I will ever forget her.

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This morning I weighed and I am another 2 pounds down.  A total of 9 pounds since the book signing.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”- John Rohn

Until next time….