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running: the saga thus far
So far, my running, while still not something I think I'm ever going to love, is going pretty well. I just started Week 4 of the Couch to 5K Running Plan, and while I'm not yet on pace for my two mile time, I'm on track to get there.

I passed a milestone I didn't know was there today, though. The interval plan for this week is jog 3 minutes, walk 90 seconds, jog 5 minutes, walk 2-1/2 minutes, jog 3 minutes, walk 90 seconds, and finally jog for 5 minutes. (You always start with a brisk 5 minute walk.) Last week's interval involved 90 second and 3 minute runs, and by the time I got to the end of the week it was easy, and I was increasing my speed. This week, because the interval was so much more demanding, the speed was back down, but I ran the whole time.

I jogged for five minutes straight. I haven't run for five minutes straight in... I don't even know. And then I did it again. When I realized what I'd accomplished, I almost burst into tears, right there on the treadmill. It still hurts, don't get me wrong... but I did it.

I fucking well did it.

I also realized that I really don't like my belly, because I can feel it pulling me down, slowing me down, and that irritates me. Note well, I did not say that I don't like myself, nor that I'm angry with myself for developing it. I just don't like this appendage that is growing off the front of me and I want it to go away. That's okay; it'll happen. I'm running now, carrying all this extra weight -- imagine what I can do when it's gone?

i feel: ecstatic ecstatic

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emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: February 22nd, 2007 09:01 am (UTC) (base camp)
Yaay! Go you!

Also your icon made me giggle.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 22nd, 2007 09:18 am (UTC) (base camp)
Thanks for both! I wish I could take credit for the icon, but it came from a website called KawaiiNot. :-)
From: nutter4 Date: February 22nd, 2007 09:12 am (UTC) (base camp)
*cheers* Congratulations!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 22nd, 2007 09:21 am (UTC) (base camp)
*curtsies* Thank you!
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: February 22nd, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yay! That is awesome! It wasn't very long ago that I was running 5 minutes. You are making incredible progress and you will get to your fitness goal soon! :D
helwen From: helwen Date: February 22nd, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yay! Go you! It's so good to see folks, especially ones I know, getting healthier and in better shape. *hugs* and *cheers*
esmerel From: esmerel Date: February 22nd, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC) (base camp)

That's a fantastic accomplishment. I'm glad the program is working out (no pun intended, I swear)
was1 From: was1 Date: February 22nd, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Good luck with the running and congrats on the progress so far.
I need to get back into running again myself...
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: February 22nd, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I am totally addicted to that feeling that you get after you are done running and you feel so possitive about how much you have accomplished. :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 22nd, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC) (base camp)
If I didn't keep reminding myself how goo it feels when I stop, I'd never get started.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 22nd, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Good, too. (Eesh, I swear I can spell.)
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