If at first you don’t succeed

I’m finally on week six of my couch to 5k program, which means only two weeks to go before I can technically run a race! I still can’t quite believe that I’ll be able to run for 3.1 miles/30 minutes non-stop. Then again, six weeks ago, jogging for one minute was hard, so I’m being optimistic about it.

This morning’s run was supposed to be 22 minutes/2.25 miles long with no breaks-only the second full run in the program. Last week ended with a 20 minute run that I got through ok (barely), but today I had to stop after around 15 minutes/1.7 miles. I was so disappointed and nervous about whether I’d be able to make it up and keep up with the program now that there won’t be (m)any walking breaks in the weeks ahead.

Trying to focus on the positives, though, instead of letting myself fall into thinking that running is just not going to work out for me (it might not, but I’m not ready to give up yet). For the first mile, my body felt great–even my quads and my knees, which usually bother me, were feeling fine. I had so much energy. I ran a whole mile like it was no big deal, which was huge–possibly a first ever–for me.

Also had one of the best yoga classes I’ve had in a while tonight. I felt strong enough to really give my best effort throughout the whole class. I got pretty close to holding our peak pose, flying pigeon, on one side, and I held crow for a while too which, despite almost two years of practice, happens very rarely.

Hopefully my body still feels as strong when I head out tomorrow morning to try this run again. And if not, I’ll have to remind myself about the doughnut, cookie, chocolates, and bag of peanut butter m&ms I ate today and hope that keeps me going because I definitely have a lot to burn off!

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