In August, I began the Couch-To-5K program that I’d been hearing so much about, here at the Dope, on Facebook, etc. I began tracking my progress on dailymile.com and posted my runs on Facebook with the idea that my friends and family will hold me accountable. I also participated a little in the most recent SD C25K thread.
In the process, I discovered that running pseudo-barefoot (in Vibram FiveFingers) is more comfortable for me than in cushioned trainers, that form is everything, and that I am a lot more capable than I ever thought I was. Despite the fact that I’ve never been much of a finisher, I completed this nine-week program having taken nearly 2 weeks off for an overuse injury and redoing three weeks that I’d completed before the break, thereafter. I’m actually pleasantly surprised and proud of myself that, for once, I finished something I started. Hopefully, that becomes a trend as well.
Along the way, I’ve come to look forward to every run and relish the endorphin release. I have awakened a passion for something I had no desire to do for most of my life. Funny that. I feel better than I can ever remember feeling and I turned 40 a couple of weeks ago at the top of my game. It’s actually that milestone that I had dreaded and which inspired me to turn my life around and be what I truly wanted to be. Who would have though that was going to be an athlete? I just wanted to be healthier and happy. I have accomplished just that.
A little over two years ago, I gave up cigarettes. In the last two years, I’ve adopted a much healthier diet and since August, I’ve shed ~20 lbs. I’m not done yet, though the number is a lot less important now than the way I feel.
Friends have been encouraging me to sign up for a race and I’ve been making excuses as to why I couldn’t assuring them I would sometime in the future. Money’s tight, I haven’t finished my program, yada yada. I think I just didn’t want to jinx myself and end up with another injury that benched me or I was afraid to really to commit to something.
So, what now? C25K is done, am I going to keep training? Training for what? I’ve never run a race before. But now, is the time for some actualization. Well, the next race is an 8K on Thanksgiving. I figure I can do that. I think I’d like to find out how well I’d do in an 8K, so I go for a run last Saturday; an absolutely perfect day for a run. Only I don’t stop at 8K and I don’t stop at 10K. I run for fifteen kilometers (9.32 miles, to be exact)…wait. I just did that? I have never run that far in my entire life! And, it felt good!
So, I now I’m wondering if I can run a half marathon. It’s only four more miles. On December 11, 2010, I’m going to find out. I have plunked my birthday money down on a dream. Yup, I’m committed now.
I have 25 days to prepare. Here’s me: :eek: