Monday, July 13, 2009

Having my ass kicked

My husband has a shirt from New Balance that reads:

Enjoy sitting on your butt.
Because I'm gonna
kick it in a few hours.

Mostly I really love this shirt but these last few days, not so much. It was the first 25 minute run last week and my butt officially considered itself whipped. Now it's a whole new week of all 25 minute runs. I'm terrified.

Last week was awful. The wind was strong and I felt incredibly weak - I barely made it. Now I'm trying to put off the runs for later in the week. Actually I feel like quitting. I feel like it's all too much for me, that maybe I was delusional in thinking that I could ever run.

I was mesmerised by one of the frequently asked questions on the Couch to 5k website - why do people drop out during the C25K? Now I have the answer.

Still, it's better to be challenged and push through it, then give up the minute the going gets tough. That's not the new me....I hope.


  1. When I was doing the C25k last year, I reached a point where I just didn't think I would be able to do the runs that week. I was so intimidated by what was expected of me, that I totally stalled out and didn't run for a week. I was freaked out -- and I was only looking at Week 4, not the 25-minute runs you are looking at. :)

    What helped me get through that freak-out was to keep running Week 3 until I felt confident that I could move on to Week 4. I think I ran Week 3 for three or four weeks, actually, before I was able to wrap my mind around the facts of Week 4 and was able to move on.

    I think the most important thing was that I kept running. Even though I was running Week 3 over and over, at least I was running, you know? Baby steps are better than no steps, I always say. :) And even if I wasn't progressing along in the C25k program, I WAS working through a lot of stuff in my mind and making progress there. :)

    Don't give up -- the running is the easy part. It's the thinking about it that will get you. :)


  2. do not give up. Don't look ahead, just take it one day at a time. You are doing awesome. Yes, it's a challenge. Yep, you are pushing yourself. But you can do this. You CAN. You just have to continue to allow yourself to go beyond what you "think" is possible.

  3. I think that's why I gave up on running in the past. It just felt like I wasn't GETTING anywhere.

    I think the key now is to change things up. If you usually run by yourself, run with someone. Even if it's a shorter run than usual. It'll be a little more motivating. Changing things up is what has helped me when I get to that point.

    - Sagan

  4. BikiniQuest - Yes I know the freak out feeling because each new week starts to look so intimidating. It's amazing how if you just keep pushing you realise what you can accomplish that you didn't think you could.

    Jen - Thank you. I keep reminding myself of that when I face the hills.

    Sagan - Yeah, a running partner has helped a lot, even if just to show that I'm not the only one struggling!



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