Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Redefining a Goal

The last couple of weeks, I've been trying to do the Couch 2 5k program. It started out easy, and after Monday, when I repeated Week 2 Day 3 for a third time, I realized that trying to jog 3.1 miles in 4 more weeks was going to be suicide. I'm just not there yet. And I'm okay with that. The reason I jumped for something that might be unattainable is because I was looking for something challenging that I knew I could do. At some point, yes, I will be able to run 3.1 miles. Now that I know I can move my body, and enjoy its bulbous swaying, I know I can look forward to this. In the future.

Instead, what I will be doing is walking a half marathon. 13 miles in six or less hours. Right now, I know I can walk about 5 miles before I feel like falling over dead. I am very confident in myself to achieve this new goal in the 4 weeks allotted to me.

Originally, I had decided that as a gift to myself for completing the 5k, I would buy a new phone. Now that my goal has changed, (and all of my plans have changed) I decided that I will purchase a gym membership upon my completion of walking the half marathon. I figure, if I can dedicate myself to a half marathon, then I can dedicate myself to a gym. Come September, its going to start getting cold, and dark, and I'll be in school and working 12 hours a day. If I don't have a place outside of my house to decompress, I'm not sure I'll make it through another winter.

Something I've learned about myself: I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. Everyday I finished a C25k segment, I wanted to cheer. Hell, I did cheer. I didn't think I'd get through it, but I did. But I know now that my progress with the program is going to slow dramatically until I get some of this fat off, and take the pressure off my knees.

Half Marathon August 15th. Anyone want to join me in preparing for this monstrous event? Its gonna be fun!


Holly said... [Reply to comment]

I will join you in training virtually of course. I am running my first half on 10/10/10. I am starting my training on Saturday.

A gym membership is a great reward and it will feel so nice to unwind at the gym and release all your stress from working and going to school.

Walking a half is a great idea. When you are ready you can repeat the couch to 5K program. Now that you have completed your running, you could even add some running into your half training if you would like.

It's so great to know what your body is capable of and not capable of.

Lily Fluffbottom said... [Reply to comment]

Holly, Your half marathon is on MY birthday! yay! Totes excited for you!

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