Nike Women's Fitness 5K - June 2010

Nike Women's Fitness 5K - June 2010
Walked this course in 2009 - walked and partially ran the course in 2010.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day Two Week Two - TWO TWO TWO!

I had alot of different thoughts go through my head as I prepared to run this morning.  First, my day started off with my 13 year old dog waking me up around 7 am - nothing unusual about that.  But then I thought, "Oh man, today is a running day...boy do I NOT feel like running today!"  Yea, who among us have not had that thought when learning to make ANY kind of exercise a part of our lives, right?  Well, it hit me big time this morning.  But, I persevered and got my running clothes on, and off I went (after walking the doggie, of course). 

So, the first 90 second run was okay, and I'm thinking..."Ok Wheeler, what was all the fuss about not wanting to go this morning"  But then came the first hill....."Oh man, I can feel that one...."  Yup, it didn't hurt my muscles, but it hurt everything else.  Then the third hill came, and this one is the worst of the whole run.  I thought..."Can I make this?  Or am I going to have to give up and quit half way through the 90 second section of this morning's run?"  Well, I made it -- it wasn't fast.  In fact, it was more like a walk-jog rather than a jog because of the steepness of the hill, but I pushed and huffed and puffed and made it to the top of the hill.  Yea for me!  By this time I'm thinking "Well, half way through....I've made it this far, the rest is a piece of cake..."  But then that fourth hill came.  Oh man!  But I kept going - yes, I did!  And finished all six of the 90 second intervals of running.

Now you are probably thinking, "Well Wheeler, isn't that what you are supposed to be doing?  I mean, you are learning to be a runner, right?  So if you make it to the end of your morning run, isn't that what is expected?"  No, you have to understand that I typically am a quitter when it comes to stuff like this -- heck, I am a quitter in general when the going gets tough.  But even though this is only week two, I kept going, and I finished the morning run!  I didn't feel like running today.  My mind and body were saying "no, no, no" but my will to succeed in this new venture of my life said "yes, yes, yes!" and the YES won!

I know each week will get harder with longer periods of running and less walking,  And quite frankly, it scares me to death to think of that.  Will I fail at this new goal in my life?  All I can say to myself is "Take it one day at a time - one week at a time - and don't worry about tomorrow, just focus on today's accomplishment."  Hopefully today's success will be tomorrow's victory.

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