10 Things I’ve Learned From Running…So Far20
I’ve got one more day on the 9-week Couch to 5K program. I’m thinking Saturday or Sunday morning I’ll get it in. So here are 10 things that I’ve learned during that time.
1. I thought running 60 seconds/walking 60 seconds the first week was going to kill me because I was that out of shape. I didn’t.
2. Good shoes matter. Seriously. Go get fitted. You’ll thank me later. If you’re from my area, I recommend that you go here. They’re super.
3. My taste in music is crazy different while running than it is while just listening for enjoyment. It seems that the angrier the music makes me, the more I like running to it. Maybe it’s because it reflects how I feel about running.
4. To tell you the truth, I’m actually enjoying it. I see a trip down to Nashville for their spring half marathon next year. Bring it.
5. I actually ran two miles without stopping and/or dying this week. I’m pretty darn proud of that. I might or might not have cried a little after I was finished.
6. This will be my first official race…on September 15. I have to get up to 3.1 miles running by then. It’s slightly terrifying. If you’re from my hometown and you’re going to be there cheering, you might want to hang out about 30 minutes after everyone else finishes to see me cross the finish line. Just keep cheering.
7. They say the best warm up is a slow run. If that’s the case, then my whole run is a warm up. I’m okay with that.
8. When I get tired and wanting to start walking during a run, I’ve started saying something over and over and over again that keeps me going. “Not my strength, but Yours, Lord. Not my strength, but Yours.” It works. He carries me through. I wonder why I only do that while running…
9. So since I didn’t die during the first week of training, I thought for sure by week 9 when I had to run 30 minutes at a time 3 times a week, at least one of those days I would just be found along the side of the road. And I’ve only had to call my parents a couple times to take me the rest of the way home because of rain one time and intense lightening another time. I call it a win.
10. I’ve surprised myself. I didn’t think I could do it. You all did. You’ve encouraged me on here and on Twitter and Facebook when I post the times from the app. You really don’t know how much that means to me. Thank you.
Dangit. Now I’m crying again.
Have you tried anything lately that you’ve surprised yourself? What advice do you have for me as I gear up for the race?