In July, 2011, I started to run. I liked it so much I decided to sign up for a 5k which was going to be in October. Being the person that I am, I started telling everyone around me. I couldn't help myself. I was excited about doing something that I thought was impossible. The training program I used was the Couch to 5k plan. If you are just starting out, this is a great program.
One of the things that I found annoying when telling people about my upcoming race was when they responded, "It's just 3 miles". Now, it didn't bother me the first time, but it didn't take long for it to upset me. Just 3 miles for someone who has never run in her life is really a challenge. I had to work hard to get to 3 miles. I spent a lot of time away from my family to go out for a run. I had aches and pains that I never felt before. It's all good though, I was happy and feeling great.
I had one friend who I confided in about what people were saying. I told her it bothered me and now it is a little joke between us. She, by the way, never said to me, "it's just three miles". Thanks MB!
This brings me to today. I have some good news actually. I was given the OK to run, but just a little at a time. Don't over do it, just ease into it. Yeah!!!! This got me thinking. I was not able to run the whole 5k on Sunday. I hadn't run in about 5 weeks. I am out of running shape. I finished as you all know, but I did struggle a little. There was plenty of walking and I was 3 minutes over my best time. I am not upset over this. I wasn't planning on running. Now that I can run, where do I start? Do I just go out and see how far I can go without walking or do I start at, maybe, week 5 in the C25K plan? Knowing me, I will probably just see how far I can get and go from there.
The goal right now, is back up to 5k, which by the way is 3. 1 miles not 3! If you are gonna say something like it is no big deal, make sure you have your facts straight. And I mean that in the nicest possible way :)
I am excited to get out there and run again and happy that we are still having such nice weather. Hope it last a little longer.
What is the most annoying thing someone has said about running to you? Did you ignore it or say something back?
How long after an injury did it take you to get back to your average miles?
To me, no matter what your miles, it's a big deal. I am proud of every mile under my belt and you should be proud of yours too. Even the not so great runs are miles added onto your total. Even at my slow pace, I am faster than everyone on the couch.
So, whatever distance you are training for,
Run Strong, Think Big!