trainers (I really do, currently in a £5 pair from Tescos!! lol). But, I wanted
a hair-cut.....oh, dilemma. Now, since when would buying a pair of trainers
contest with having a hair cut?? Since I started C25K! And I've spotted other
crazy things, like, I look forward to going out to run after a day at work,
I've started talking non-stop about exercise and vetting what people close to
me are doing in terms of exercise.....I've even considered training for a
triathlon. I am obviously going mad!
So people, be warned......that is the danger of C25K, it makes you start
liking exercise ;)
When I was running today, I thought about my C25K journey so far, it makes me
wince to think about the "good ol days". It took me about 4 months to convince
myself I wanted to do it, and then one day I thought f*%k it.....so I convinced
my mother-in-law to come running with me.
First day, the first 60 second run almost killed me. Literally. I've had
asthma since I was a small child, and even three puffs of my trusty inhaler
wasn't working.....I could see stars and then I was running again! (Yeah, i'm
not being outpaced by my 62 year old mother-in-law thanks). And that was the
pattern. By the end of the 20 minutes I was thinking it wasn't likely I'd do it
again. But, I did (definitely worth enlisting someone tenacious to get you
going!). By week 2, I was hooked. I'd lost the mother-in-law somewhere along
the way (not literally, although there have been many times I wish I'd left her
in a ditch). I was wondering whether I'd do it alone, but I just kept on going.
I quailed when I saw the plan for week 2 (didn't dare look ahead!) but, soon I
realised that the 60 second runs weren't hurting. I could even breathe!
Week 3 came and I took a deep breath (because I can do that now!) and got on
with it. This time I even left that damned inhaler at home, and it felt
AMAZING. I realised that the 90 second runs now felt like nothing, and pushing
past it at first was bloody hard, but still some things you got to do! I was
muddy a lot, I was often breathless, and I was so sweaty I got confused
thinking it had been raining but halfway through that week you know what, I
double timed by training sessions......whaaaaa, the girls gone mad ;)
Anyway, I took a look at week 4 and I didn't think it was possible, noooo way
jhosey, this fat chick aint going that fast. But again, you know what. It
happened. Suddenly I was breathing as though I was walking fast. It hurt my
legs like hell, but it seemed like something was happening.....
Week 5 and we're up to date. I took on week 5 day 1 today. I didn't bother
really doubting myself this time. I made a MFP post along the lines of death,
but ya know, I think I was joking! Somewhere in there I even realised that it
just felt easy now, like I could actually do this....!
This time, I added something of my own in, I added two 8 minute runs at the
end. Did I EVER think that I'd be able to run for 8 minutes without being a
crying, snotty heap on the floor? no! Do I think I can do the 20 minute run
coming up next.....uhhhmmm, well. We'll have to see about that ;)
I've seen so many posts about people not thinking they can do things, C25K,
losing weight, not eating certain foods, whatever. We all have doubts, but you
know peoples, I think it's time to banish the doubts - you are stronger than
you think you are!