Saturday, February 20, 2010

You gotta be starting something

I ran for 5 (five) (FIVE!!) minutes!!!  Straight!  Twice!  WooHoo!  Go me!

I mentioned in my last post that I'm doing a 12 week prep program with a friend to run a 5K at the end of April.  So far the program has called for me to run 2 minutes walk 2 minutes.  I've definitely been a walk/jog person throughout my quest to become a real runner and the other day when I saw "walk 2 run 5 for 30 minutes" on the training schedule I have to say I was so scared!  Seriously.  Terrified.

I tried to have positive thoughts about it.  Afterall, I read a ton of blogs written by people alot like me and they started somewhere similar, right?  But my negative thoughts kept creeping in and I talked myself out of my workout for Thursday.  Yep, that's the day I was supposed to run for 5 minutes.  So I talked myself out of the Thursday workout.  And yesterday I magically found myself with "too much stuff to do" ie going to lunch and furniture shopping. 

This morning I knew I had to do it.  So I got up, put on my clothes, laced up my shoes, and headed out the door.  I warmed up for those two oh-so-short minutes and then I ran for 5 minutes and I didn't stop once.  And then I did it again!  Channeling Caitlin and chanting "pain is temporary, quitting is forever!"

And then I tried to do it a third time and felt like I was going to die so I walked a little more and ran when I felt I could and walked when I got tired.  But that doesn't matter!  What does matter is that I ran for 5 minutes twice without stopping and I never did that before.


  1. That's an awesome accomplishment-good for you and keep it up! I did four minutes straight the other night and was in awe that I could do it. I was embarrased to tell my friend who runs marathons about my small accomplishment but she was proud of me!

    Do you listen to anything when you run or just do it?

  2. @simplyshaka

    I went to lunch with my friend who just ran a half marathon last weekend and told her about my run. She was super excited for me. I think most people will be glad to hear such things- especially runners because they had to start somewhere too! And those that aren't runners might be inspired to try it themselves!

    I haven't been listening to anything on my runs lately cause I lost my shuffle. I just got a new nano for my b-day but haven't loaded it up yet. I think I like listening to music better than not but it is nice to be with just my thoughts. Most of the time it's "just 30 more seconds!"

  3. I know what you mean. I sometimes just like to run silent, other times I need music to push me (I need to revamp my playlist soon).

    Bummer about the shuffle though-at least you have the Nano! I love my shuffle and should get something bigger but can't separate yet. I thought maybe you were listening to Michael Jacksons "Wanna be starting something" from the title of this post lol

  4. How is your training coming along?