10 Things I’ve Learned From Running…So Far

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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?

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  • #8 Love it!
    My advice to myself as I am starting a new school year that will be challenging, but rewarding is the advice I will give to you. I read a tweet from Bears player Chris Harris the other day that said something to the effect of, “The enemy of great is good, good enough. Strive for greatness.” So that is what I would say to you. Strive for greatness!

    • I like that quote a lot, Andrea! Will be praying for you and the new year!

  • Michelle Woodman

    Way to go, Julie! I did the Couch to 5K app, too, and am still running. And I actually find myself enjoying it more than I did at the start.

    Keep making great playlists. I have my core songs, but find myself switching out a few of the ‘disposable’ tunes every so often for some variety. Good shoes, socks, and songs (lol!) make a difference!

    • I’m looking for better socks for sure. I haven’t found any that I just love yet. My shoes, though, I love. you’re right about songs. There are some that I just need on there, and then there are others that I can change out. I’m with you on that! Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Julie – OUTSTANDING post!!! So inspiring and powerful. You’re going to kick the snot out of that 5K on 9/15!!!

    • Thanks, Tor! I really appreciate all your kind words! You know there will be more posts about it the closer it gets to time to run!

  • Anna ‘Resor’ Blank

    I did the C25K as well and loved the results! Kudos to you for sticking with it!! Some things to keep in mind … during the week prior, maintain a healthy balanced diet and drink plenty of water. Don’t overdo your runs prior to the race.. you won’t want to run 3 miles within 1-2 days of the race (let your legs rest before the big event!). Especially drink plenty of water the day before (and morning of, considering this is an evening race), but not within an hour prior to the race! Rule out sweets in the few days before the event.. it’s not the kind of energy your body will be needing – save these for after the race as a reward (and to restore blood sugar) 😀 … A good night’s sleep before the race is key .. and remember this: when you take off from the start line, you will be tempted to run faster than normal because of the excitement of the ‘mob’ and the adrenaline rush – resist it! Start off with the pace you are comfortable with and stick with it. Remember when you take of that you still have 3 more miles to go!! I always pass people half way through the race who took off too fast and ended up having to walk because they ran out of gas. Pace yourself! And remember to SMILE!! You’ll never forget your 1st 5K! So enjoy it and have fun!! 🙂

    • I’m liking the results a lot, too! I haven’t done the distance, but I like the way it works you into it and still pushes you! I think I need to take this advice every day and not just before the race! 🙂 My sugar intake is ridiculous. And I’m all about resting up beforehand! Actually I’ll be at work all day, so I’ll just try not to schedule any appointments. Thanks, Anna! I’ve been seeing your pictures on Facebook of your races! You’re part of my inspiration!

  • Becky

    Good job Julie!! I think the Fun Fest run starts at the corner of Court and 4th and they run past our house. If you need a bathroom break, or watermelon margarita by then, feel free to stop! 🙂

    • If it’s hot, I’ll probably run by and jump in your pool. Just keep it open for me! Oh, and if you happen to have those margaritas already prepared, that might be a good incentive to finish!

  • Typtyp1

    Julie, you are going to guilt me into trying this, aren’t you? I’ve tried to run a time or two, like from this pole to that one (if you live in the country you understand) and I hate it and think, why on earth would I even want to do this? Ugh. But GOOD FOR YOU, GIRLFRIEND!!!

    • Not trying to guilt you, but if that’s what it takes!!! I totally understand pole to pole. That’s how I measured my speed in the beginning. I hated it in the beginning but it got the the point of it being a real challenge to see what I could pull off each run. Just give it a couple week’s try and let me now what you think!!

    • Not trying to guilt you, but if that’s what it takes!!! I totally understand pole to pole. That’s how I measured my speed in the beginning. I hated it in the beginning but it got the the point of it being a real challenge to see what I could pull off each run. Just give it a couple week’s try and let me now what you think!!

    • Not trying to guilt you, but if that’s what it takes!!! I totally understand pole to pole. That’s how I measured my speed in the beginning. I hated it in the beginning but it got the the point of it being a real challenge to see what I could pull off each run. Just give it a couple week’s try and let me now what you think!!

  • Anonymous

    Great job, Julie. Keep it up. My favorite part is “not my strength, but yours.” 🙂

    • esauproject

      Thanks, Tim! You’re a great encouragement!

    • Thanks, Tim! You’re a great encouragement!!!

  • Bosspumpkin

    So proud of you daughter!