Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Same Running program, different Barr

Over the past few years, I have watched my husband shrink. He is very discplined and very focused on his goals. I've seen him train and dedicate himself - 100% - to this new passion of his, running. I've washed his stinky, sweat drenched clothes, prepared his low calorie meals and envied his success. As of 6 weeks ago, NO MORE. It is my turn. I joined Weight Watchers and started training for a 5K.

6 months ago, I tried to do the 5K program he first started on, many moons ago. I got to about week 5, then quit. My hips were killing me and I wasn't mentally prepared for the work. My main problem was that I could not imagine myself running for 20 minutes. Running is so much more mental than physical. I could've done it if I had really wanted to. But I thought I needed to loose 20 pounds and then I'd try it again. So here I am, 20 lbs. later, running.

I hit the same obstacle over two weeks ago. I hit the workout that is described like this: Brisk 5 min. walk, then run for 20 minutes, or 2 miles, with no walking. Holy crap. There it was again. The workout previous to that one was only an 8 min run, 5 min walk, then 8 min run again so why the hell should you just jump from 8 to 20??? I was so upset by this. So I did that workout many times, then even went up to 10 min run, 5 min walk (and repeat). That 10 min was rough for me. How was I going to do 20?

So then last Tuesday night (one week ago), I was walking into the gym to run and I just decided that I was going to do it. That was the night for me. I got into a zone and I did it and I have never been so proud. At one point, I looked down at my time which read 23:45 and I was beaming. Holy crap, I was doing it. I almost yelled at Jason who was on the treadmill in front of me to tell him. I decided to wait and not startle him and cause an accident instead. I'm sure he appreciates that.

I'm on week 7 now, just finished week 6 today. I ran 2 miles for the first time in my life this week. I'm not as fast as I'd like to be, I often am short on the suggested distance the website posts (www.coolrunning.com - search for Couch potato to 5K). But you know what, I'm friggin' running, man and I'm putting in the time. This is awesome. I ran for 25 min today. I was in the same "zone" I had been in last week when I first did my 20 min. I wish I could bottle that zone thing. It is a mental place you go to when you can focus all of your energy on the task and not think about the time or distance. The second I start to think about time, I'm screwed. I have to force myself not to look at the time and not to think about it. I just watch tv and listen to my music and try to think about nothing in particular but moving forward. It is zen like.

I'm doing the Reindeer Run on December 3rd www.reindeerrun.com/website. It is a 5K in the freezing Minnesota winter. I'm not near my goal weight or an awesome runner so this is by no means a culmination event like Jason's marathon. It is just one of many goals I've set to prove to myself that I can anything I want. I never imagined that I could run before. I don't know if a marathon is in my future but I know I can do it if I want to. I've lost 15 lbs. in the past month and half and I attribute every pound lost to the running. It really helps you lose weight. I am eating better but I'm a work in progress. I'd like to be down 30 more pounds by Christmas. We'll see.


Blogger Jason said...

Excellent work. I am very proud of you. You will definitely be able to do the 5K.

2:46 PM  

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