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First Week-Second Run.

lauralie14 profile image

Well, I survived, I'm alive, and I didn't jack it all in after my first run!

Thank you to all those who left such kind comments regarding my first run-it really does spur you on and comfort you to know you're not the only one out there feeling fat and unfit!! :)

I somehow felt today's run-despite it being dry and lighter than my first atempt, felt a little harder. Perhaps I knew what I was letting myself in for and wasn't plodding along in such a naive fashion! One thing I do find is that I get all embarrassed when it's time to walk-particularly if there is another runner or dog walker about. So much so, I tend to keep running till i'm at least past the 'judgmental' person in question-am I the only one doing this?, perhaps it's just my own vanity in that I don't want them to think i'm really as unfit as I look!

Anyway, all in all, a good run and proud that I completed it (even with my extra bit's of running!) Here's hoping run 3 goes well on Saturday :)

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gdeann profile image

Lauralie, you did it!!! Don't worry about the walking part. Since we have been doing the program, I notice several very fit people doing a walk/run combo. If you are running and huffing/puffing by a person, also remember they have no idea if you have been running for 1 minute or 30 minutes. :-) I still dread others seeing me, but oh well, we are doing this for ourselves and not sitting on the couch. You will be amazed at your progress as you go through the weeks and always remember we are here for you!

Pelephant profile image

I kind of know what you mean. The other day I was supposed to stop running outside this cafe with a lot of people sitting on tables outside. I didn't want them to think I was giving up so I ran to the corner. I feel silly that I did that, so I'm glad to see I'm in good company!

DebsieB profile image
DebsieB in reply to Pelephant

Gosh, you're brave running past a cafe! I'm at the same point as Lauralie (just completed week 1 this morning)... But I'm like a tomato on legs, puffing away, so either go out at 6.30am or 7.00pm (in the dark!)

Well done Lauralie, it does make you feel good doesn't it?

Nope your not the only one I feel so embarrassed about walking especially the warm up/ coole down I always start off running for about 10 houses past my house and end it running from the same spot so my neighbours see me running! I dread to think what the people who live in the house where I start and stop this 'run' must think of me :-) my only glimmer of hope is that they are sat on their backsides thinking this of me!!

I know what you mean, I recon you will also notice that your pace increases when you near people. Agree with gdeann they don't know how long you've been running and remember you've ran more than the dog walker... :-)

smhall profile image

Superb, Lauralie14!!! You have finished two runs!!! Don't worry about this run being a bit more challenging than the first. All of the runs are different and some days go really well and some are more of a struggle!! What is important is to relish in the good ones and push through the challenging ones...just like you did today!!

As far as how you feel when the walks come up around others, I like to think of it this way. Right now you are slowing to a a few more weeks you won't. In a few more weeks you will see the same people...doing the same thing as they are now. You on the other hand, will fly right past them!! You are IMPROVING!! Keep Running and soon you will wave as you RUN past everyone!!

Esprit profile image

I can totally relate to this. The other thing I find embarrassing is people who are walking faster than my running pace!

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