So for those that have followed my blog for a while you remember the launch of the pack, we tag on twitter as #f2fpack now, back in the day we were the #priorfatpack. We did a 5k together back on Memorial Day… it was a long time ago.
Prior to memorial day I had started to train with a #c25k app on my iPod to get ready for the 5k run. I pushed so hard to try to get ready for that run and my body just wasn’t having any parts of it. I went back to training again after that 5k and pushed for the Fathers Day 5k… and again my body rejected my advances. Every time I pushed to try to move past week 3 my body was shutting down.
On this journey I have learned many things. One of which is I don’t quit things anymore. So once again I started pushing myself through the #c25k starting again with week 3. Guess what? I have been making progress! Not only have I made it through week 3, I passed through week 4 and I am working the week 5 program right now! Thursday morning will be my first “no walk” day. 20 minutes are on tap. It would be a lie if I said I am not scared of that run. I mean, the though of twenty minutes of running is terrifying! I guess I just need to make sure I have some good music loaded up and that I don’t watch the clock. I think that has been the biggest positive thing lately, not watching the clock as I run my intervals. That and remembering to puff on my albuterol before I go to the gym, without that stuff I am in trouble.
I hadn’t really looked ahead in the #c25k program to see what was coming up so finding out I had a 20 minute run this week came as a bit of a shock! Up until now most of the weeks had been the same intervals over and over again… for well weeks at a time… I redid week three so many times… SO MANY times. There is nothing wrong with repeating weeks is what I am told. There is no set rules for how this works.
At this point I have given myself over to the program. It almost feels a bit like a cult. I don’t ask why things are the way they are, I accept the program the way it is. I know that there are reasons why I have a 20 minute run Thursday and then Sunday’s run will be intervals again. Why ask why? When I tweeted about the run and mildly questioning the run I did hear that many training programs have longer workouts one day and then it backs off the next. I also was told that this is the turning point of the program… this is where you find out that you can run. Well I figured that out last week when I ran my mile!
I have an upcoming 5k on the books, it isn’t the big Thanksgiving 5k through downtown Minneapolis I am planning to do the Charities Challenge Thanksgiving Day Giving Thanks 5k. I really am torn because I want to do both races. I really would love to spend the morning with my friends downtown because I have never done a race there, however I know there are like 10,000 people signed up for that race and we won’t be sticking together, and I wouldn’t want to. I never want to hold anyone back. The CC group is just amazing, they celebrate everyone crossing the finish line because it is a goal just to finish for some of us. I am so thankful for them this year so it is only appropriate that I spend Thanksgiving with them.
I will likely join CC for the Christmas and New Year run’s as well. Nothing set in stone, finances will be a determining factor as will the weather and my overall health by then. I am excited to be moving forward with my jogging though. I am happy to be an actual athlete, or stating to feel like one. Slowly, one step at a time I am changeing, creating my new self from the lump of clay I was given.