I did it! I committed to running today, and I did! I set myself up for success by going to bed in my workout clothes last night. I really didn’t want to get up, but I forced myself to do it.
I will look for ANY reason not to work out first thing in the morning, but I know that I feel SO much better when I get it done and over with. I don’t know why feeling better isn’t more of a motivator!
Couch to 5K Week 8 Day 1
Walk 5 minutes to warm up
Run 28 minutes
Walk 5 minutes to cool down
I ran on the treadmill while watching training videos on blogging…working on my mind and body at the same time is pretty cool. Even so, I can’t say I enjoyed it. It was a tough run. After about 2 minutes, I wanted to stop. My mind kept going through the list of reasons/excuses…I’m tired. I’m hungry. My knee hurts. I want coffee. I should be getting ready for work. I knew that quitting would be letting myself down, so I didn’t. I didn’t LOVE the run, but I didn’t quit!
I started out at a speed of 5.0 (12 min/mile) and then slowed down to 4.5 and even 4.2 for awhile. It’s hard for me to run at a slower pace when I know I can run at a 6.0 on shorter intervals. I have to keep reminding myself that I’m focused on distance, not speed!! And seriously, 4.2 mph is better than 0.0 mph!
I’m too hard on myself. I think the issue is I don’t want to admit that I’m starting over. I used to be able to run for 2-1/2 hours at a time, and it’s frustrating to be so far from that now. I am thrilled for others who are starting out, so I need to be thrilled for myself too – one step at a time.
Publicly committing to a date and time seemed to work! I am resting my tired legs tomorrow and will complete W8D2 on Thursday morning before work.
Have you scheduled your activity for this week? Set small goals and crush them! 🙂