Well, I did it. I cheated. I read the synopsis of the run/walk schedule of week 3 prior to starting. It freaked me out a little, the thought of running for 3 minutes, twice! But, I psyched myself up for it and ventured out into the 97 degree summer evening heat. I stretched a bit before I started and it seemed to help. I didn't experience as much pain in my shins as in past runs. To be honest, I found myself ready to skip past the 5-minute warm-up walk because I'd worked myself up mentally for the 3-minute run. I did not find the first 90 second run/walk portion to be unusually dificult. It wasn't easy, but it was over relatively quickly. However, when I began the first 3 minute run, I was disheartened when Laura came on and announced that I was half way through the run! I'd hoped that she was preparing to tell me that I'd successfully completed it. But, I carried on and finished the first run, followed by the subsequent 90 second run/walk and 3 minute run/walks. The last 3 minute run was difficult, I'll admit, but I was proud of myself for finishing. I'm convinced that if anyone were to see me running, they'd wonder why the older, overweight, sweaty man is walking so funny. I'm not sure my run is much faster than my walk, but it's my run and I'm proud of it. I'm also convinced that much of this is mental. I find myself reciting my favorite bible verse, Phil 4:13, "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength," in the darkest parts of my run. It helps me to stay positive. Also, I try not to think about how much longer I have to run, but focus on my posture, breathing, and stride. I'm looking forward to my next run tomorrow night. I am determined to finish this.
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