I think I graduated anyway. Today I went to finish up week 8 of 9 with 28 minutes of running. I’m still kind of slow with all the running, usually running about a 12 minute pace so I knew when I got to the final week 9 it was unlikely I’d actually make the 3 miles (5K) in the 30 minutes it had set.
I got to 10 minutes today and really thought I might have to walk for a bit. I hadn’t eaten much today, didn’t take any Advil, didn’t have an Energy gel and haven’t been stretching well so things were stacked against me. But if I’ve learned anything over the last 8 weeks, it’s if I push through, I can do it. Shocking revelation, I know. I guess Nike was right all along, Just do it! So I did. I slowed the treadmill down from a 5.7 (10-11 min pace) slowly down to a 4.8 (12 min) and ran through it. By 25 minutes I realized I was feeling great and decided I would run longer than the scheduled 28 minutes. Week 9 you run 30 minutes I guess in hopes you are at a 10 min mile by that point but I wasn’t quite there. I was already over my time though and really nothing hurt. I was tired but my breathing was regulated so I just kept going. And for the first time, I had legit ran 3 miles. Over 3 miles in fact.
Continued with the help of an awesome iPhone app
About all ended with a tough week 4
And actually ended unexpectedly early. I’m calling myself a graduate. I have gone from my Couch to a 5K.
I don’t HATE running now. I don’t love it like I do spinning still but it’s amazing how my body has adjusted. Everything on me used to hurt when I ran but today, nothing but a little pain in my left hip. My ankles which always felt like they might dislocate my feet from my body are now stronger. My shins which would ache don’t give me any trouble. The burning in my calves is gone. My breathing is easier to control. I guess it figured out that I was serious about this running thing.
Now I haven’t won any races or even signed up for any races but I really want to do a few thank-you’s for getting this far. Just imagine me on-stage with the music playing and Kanye sitting in the crowd ready to interrupt.
I want to thank Melissa and my dad for being the runners they are and inspiring and encouraging me. C25K app creators for making all the cues easier and TrySports Charlotte for setting me up with some fabulous equipment and doling out spot-on advice. I’d like to thank my family for letting me have time away to take care of myself. And yes, God, thanks for the well-being, means, and strength for getting me through.
So what’s next? I think a spinning class is in order to be honest! Melissa promised me a piece of chocolate cake at graduation back in week 4. And yes, I think I’ll keep running. Maybe even run a few races this Spring. But even if I don’t know, at least I know for a fact I CAN! And more importantly, if I can, you can too! Go get started!