Hello, fellow runners. I've been gone a while, but now I'm back and I have some excellent news to share with you all. I finally completed week 9 of the Couch to 5K program.
In my last blog posting, I shared with you my joy at having completed a 5K run as part of a charity event for the family of a close friend. I had also finished week 7 of the C25K program and was determined to complete the program by running all the way through week 9.
Week 8 and the first run of week 9 were somewhat uneventful. However, for W9R2, I decided to participate in a local 5K event as part of a team of runners from my church. As I still consider myself a newbie runner, I was worried about being on any type of running team. But, I was assured that the term "team" was being used loosely and that our primary goal was to represent the church by wearing matching t-shirts. I was told I didn't have to run with the group and not to worry about my speed. Although I'd completed a 5K in late October, I still wasn't sure that wasn't a fluke and I was determined to see if I could do it again. So, I suited up on a chilly Saturday morning and ran the race. I'm happy to say that I completed it and did so in less time than my previous 5K run.
My graduation run occurred on the second day of a week-long family cruise to the Caribbean Ocean, Mexico, and Central America. The cruise ship had a relatively small running track on the top of the ship. I wasn't crazy about running in circles, but the view was amazing and I enjoyed the run so much that I ran 21 laps at a distance of just over 5K. I figured I needed to work out as much as I could considering how much food I'd likely eat over the course of the cruise. I ran another 2 times during the cruise, one of which was on a treadmill in the ship's gym. Running on a treadmill takes some getting used to, but I enjoyed watching TV while I ran.
My journey through the C25K program has been quite rewarding. When I look back at my earlier blog posts and remember how I struggled through many of the runs (Week 4 especially), I find it hard to believe that I can now run for better than 30 minutes and can complete runs of around 5K. I find that I really enjoy organized running events much more than solo runs through the neighborhood. So, I'm looking for another 5K event to "compete in" soon. But, as the weather gets colder and the darkness comes earlier, I'm finding it harder to lace up and head out after work.
I've now reached a goal that I once thought was out of reach for me. I'm not ready to stop, though. I'm going to try to keep running 30 minutes 2-3 times a week with the goal of improving my speed and endurance and my general overall health.
A quick word of thanks to many of you who have offered your advice and encouragement through this forum over the past several months. It is much appreciated.