The 20 minute run was done yesterday. I have done the C25k three times all the way through. I started again at Week 3, because I had been doing my runs as a run/walk combo. Run when I wanted/walked when I wanted. I was getting the mileage done, but wanted to able to just run again. If I would stop taking months off at a time, I wouldn't need to keep restarting C25k. Anyway, although I have done the 20 minute run before, it still had me nervous. I mean to run for 20 straight minutes without a walk break? Just crazy! This coming from someone who has runan entire 5k before, and more than once, and the thought is still scary. Well, I did it. I wish I could say I was proud of myself, but I'm not! I was in pain and from the moment I started running and got to the 3rd minute my head was in a battle with my legs. My legs just hurt, I had a cramp in the side of my calf. My lungs felt great, but my legs hated me. I know, I should be proud.... I kept going for the entire 20 minutes when I had to wrestle my head the ENTIRE run. Some of the humorous conversations I had in those 20 minutes.... "think about how good that wine is going to taste later, when you bask in the glory of running 20 minutes straight".... "keep going for all those people you know who can't run due to cancer, etc"..... "stupid, you have already done 14 minutes, why stop now?".... "who stuck that hill there?".... "oh thank god, a downhill.... is that cheating?"..... "seriously, you have 5 minutes left, if you stop to walk now you will HATE yourself". So, there you have it, that was in my head for all of the 20 minutes. On the other side, I deserved to have my run be hard. I ate nothing but junk on Saturday. If it contained salt, I ate it. I am positive that contributed to my almost disastrous run. When I eat good nutritious food, it does make a world of difference when I get out there. I wish I could say the lesson is learned in the area of food, but I am pretty stubborn!
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