I am getting stronger and more confident! I think this may be a journey that I am willing to continue. I am starting to see some benefits of pushing through the cardio wall into running. Two months ago I finished the Couch 2 5 K program on the treadmill. Since then I bumped up my workouts to 5 days of running each week on the treadmill. Last month, good friends of ours moved from Virginia to about a mile away from us! They are runners, as in, marathon and triathlon runners! So my friend Bekah has pushed me from the treadmill onto the streets. She agreed to run the First Four 4 miler with me this last weekend. You know, 5 months after having a baby and moving halfway across the country. I love it! She figured she could get up to 4 miles in two weeks and be able to run it with me - I HATE HER! Ha! So for 2 weeks we ran 3 times a week together. This completely built up my confidence running outdoors. We slowed it down and worked on running an 11 minute mile to build up my outdoor endurance.
I am learning that you have great days, that you feel like you could run forever and days that within 10 steps of starting you know it is going to be AWFUL! What I am starting to really enjoy is the mind game that goes on during a run. The only person you have to compete with is yourself.
But I think within the last two weeks, the running bug may have hit. With each day, I am getting stronger and more confident. I started thinking, why stop at 5ks? Why not move on to 10ks or even scarier a Half Marathon. EEEKKK! Just saying that makes me vomit a little bit in my mouth.
I made the mistake of saying this thought process out loud with our friends, and almost instantly I verbally committed to running the Air Force Half Marathon in September with them. Ummmmm........
A few days later, this text convo happened...
So the thoughts started swirling. " Can I do this?" "Am I setting myself up for A LOT of pain, discouragement and disappointment?"
I'm not gonna lie - it SCARES me to commit to doing something like this! But I so want to be one of those bada$$es that have the 13.1 sticker on my truck! 26.2? Um, no thank you!
On the starting line Sunday, I said, "okay guys, if I can run this without stopping I will go home and register for the half."
Why would I say something like that? Because I am so darn competitive (and stupid)!
So check another goal off my list - get my first 5k under my belt. Of course, I kinda skipped the "5k" and challenged myself to do the 4 miler.
So did I finish without stopping....to be continued.