I am typing and trying to do my happy dance at the same time! OUCH ** OH!! ## YEEKS!!! I think the only part of my body not hurting today is my fingers!!!! Steve and I went out for our grad run last night and we did it!!!
We were having quite a bit of wind and seriously debated if we wanted to hold off another day. So happy we just went ahead with it. Steve ZOOMED along and did fantastic, I had my typical run 3 of the week. (bad) My last 6 minutes I was praying for it to end but i kept telling myself, only 6 more minutes to THAT BADGE! No way was I going to get that close to it and have to stop and repeat the run! As I rounded a corner and was running into a 30+ mile headwind, Bob Seger came on and began, Against the wind...some of the lyrics if I remember correctly are, against the wind, we were runnin' against the wind, we were young and strong, we were running against the wind... quite a fitting song to end my grad run with, although quite wrong on the young/strong part!
I want to give each of you a virtual hug and thank you for every single piece of support, inspiration and advice you have shared with me. When we first started C25K, I had in my mind what a runner was and I was so disappointed in myself. I happened on to this site and found REAL PEOPLE, REAL RUNNERS and I realized I didn't need to run fast or jump high, I just needed to get off the couch and move. I kept telling myself: to achieve bigger goals, take smaller steps. I finally gave myself the permission to face a challenge but to do it reasonably and not get frustrated and quit.
C25K is an amazing program and we can not rave enough about it! Each week challenges but one also know they only need to face one run and get through it, then prepare for the next one. It has been frustrating, difficult mentally and physically, but I would not change one little thing about it! I went from not completing a few 1 minute runs to now running 30 full minutes! How amazing is that??!! One of the best feelings ever is realizing you just did something that just a few short weeks ago your body could not do!
I want to end my blog with thanking Steve for his love and support ALWAYS and especially the past 9 weeks! I remember crying one evening and telling him I never wanted to disappoint him but I didn't think I was physically capable of doing the program... he basically told me to "suck it up, buttercup" and even if we had to take it slower or repeat runs, we would until I felt like I could move on to the next week. This was amazing for me to hear and understand, coming from a very competitive person. He was willing to place his own goals on the back-burner just to make sure I could accomplish my goal.
GOSH! I feel like I have written a novel!!! I guess when it boils down to it, I am totally happy we happened on to C25K, I am totally happy we finished C25K and I am so totally happy I found all of you!!! I hope you understand that you guys are more like my running family and friends then just some people you meet up with out on the net.
Now on to request our badges!