I cannot begin to describe how nervous I was to run for 5 minutes today. I don't know if I've ever run 5 minutes. This was going to be huge.
I work full time and have decided I like running in the mornings before work. This morning I got up at 6:30 and headed out like I always do. I knew this week's podcast was quite a bit longer than week 3, so I tried not waste any time. Everything up to the first 5 minute run was no big deal. The 3 minute runs had been challenging last week, but today they came easily. As I ran the first 5 min., I couldn't believe I was doing it. The second time around, I was almost sure I would stop. It helped that I kept getting distracted by a nice looking house or taking deep breaths. Then it was over, and it felt GREAT to be done. It took me a while to cool down, but I feel so confident I can do it again. Hooray!
On a separate note, I went out with friends this weekend to take some pictures at the state park. My legs and arms looked horrible in almost every picture. This disappointment helped push me, I think. I have it set in my mind that once I can run for longer times, I will be able to finally lose weight. I don't think a 200 pound girl can stay at that weight while taking 30 minute runs all the time, right??