This morning, I went out for my C25k training like I have done for the past few weeks (less for when I was sick or what have you). I didn’t set any real expectations for myself other than that I was going to get in a good workout run. The last two training workouts I did last week were the 8 minute interval runs. I decided to do that 8 minute, or day two workout twice since it proved a challenge to complete when I first did it. Today, I had my new iPod nano with me in my arm band case. This was great because I didn’t have to carry my pouch. I instantly felt lighter as I headed out the door for the workout. Once the five minute warm up began, I still had no real expectations or goals in mind for the workout, only to get it done.
Before I knew it, the warm up was over and it was time to get going on my run. As I ran, I felt great, and enjoyed the fact that I had my iPod in my arm band and was carrying nothing excess on me. This really did make a difference in how I felt. My knee was doing okay as I went along, which I was thankful for. I didn’t put on my knee brace, so I was hoping this wasn’t something I would regret later in the run. Five minutes went by and I was still going strong, knowing that I was at least going to push for that 8 minute interval. Then, the 8 minutes completed and without hesitation, I kept going. I did glance at my watch at this point, as I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through the full 20 minutes. I thought this way, I could at least have an idea of how long I did run if I stopped before the end of that interval.
I didn’t stop though, as I was chugging along, I kept telling myself that this was it, this was going to be the day that I pushed through and did the 20 minutes. It was the toughest run thus far and I knew deep down that I was ready and that I could do it. All I needed to do was push myself and shoo away that part of my brain that wanted me to stop.
Twenty minutes later, I was still running when Ullrey announced that day three’s workout run was now over. I was both thrilled and yes, I admit relieved that it was over. But, what an amazing feeling! I felt so proud of myself and great at my accomplishment. I had done it, I had run for twenty minutes straight. As began my cool down walk, I couldn’t help but think, ‘if I can do this, I can do anything!’ Nothing seems out of reach or unattainable for me now. And, I can’t wait to get back out there in a couple days for my next run.