Monday, November 22, 2010

20 Minute Run

For those of you just starting out reading, About 9 weeks ago I started the Couch to 5K program (C25K). It's essentially an iPhone app that allows you to follow prompts of interval training from essentially walking to full on jog for 30 minutes.

I'm on Week 6.

This past Saturday was my first full run for 20 minutes and I had mixed feelings about it. I was both anxious and scared, nervous and excited. It's weirdest way I've ever felt about exercise in my life, but now it's become a regular emotion.

I'm not sure how to adequately define or describe it but basically, when you've become a fitness/health bug like I have over the past year, exercise becomes something you both look forward to and dread. Its the damndest thing...

Perhaps it the addiction to the endorphins, or the "high" of completing something. Either way, the run was something I wanted to do, but was also afraid of failing. It went fine. Smooth sailing. And besides some minor hip pain and shin splints (which I'm used to by now). I was able to run about 1.5 miles in 20 minutes. Slow pace I know.

Let's put it in perspective. I jogged for 20 minutes straight. No stopping. Of my own free will, for over a mile. This wasn't P.E. or a psycho-killer wasn't chasing me. I did this because I wanted to and because I knew I could.

I can't explain how that makes me feel. How proud I am of my accomplishment. Such a simple thing of jogging for 20 minutes. And even though that's 13 minute miles, I still feel like its something to be acknowledged and given its due revelry.

So congrats to me for doing something that I've never done before.
Congrats to me for pushing through when it was tough.
Congrats to me for being brave and courageous.
Congrats to me for running 20 minutes for 1.5 miles!

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