Now you wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running!
~ Forrest Gump
Ok, I don’t run like the wind blows, and I don’t run everywhere I go, but I am really starting to feel like a runner! Saturday night I finished up week 4 of Couch to 5K, and it went great. My ankles have continued to be pain free since I posted about my earlier running woes, and I can even feel my lungs getting stronger – at the end of the running intervals, they don’t feel like they’re going to explode!
There were 2 things that happened on my run Saturday that I was really happy about, and that made me start to feel like a genuine, bonafide runner:
- The route that I took has one fairly nasty hill. As I was approaching it, I knew I was getting close to the end of my running interval. In the back of my mind, a part of me was really hoping that my running interval would end before I got to the hill so I could walk up it. But as I reached the bottom of the hill, that interval hadn’t ended yet, so I was still running. About 10 feet up the hill, the little chime went off in my headphones telling me I could start walking. But at this point, I had already mentally prepared myself for running up this hill, so I thought “eff it!”, and I kept running all the way to the top of the hill. I was definitely sucking wind at this point, but I felt great about myself for pushing through and doing it!
- When I was reaching the end of the second-to-last running interval, I was still feeling pretty good (certainly not a runner’s high, maybe more of a runner’s medium-rare), so I decided to keep running a little farther into the walking interval. Then a strange thing happened – before I knew it, the chime went off again, and I was back on a running interval, but I had never stopped running from before! So I went ahead and kept on running until I got to the final 5 minute cool down. So at that point, I had run for 9 1/2 minutes straight. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot for those people who are going out and running marathons or competing in a 1/2 Ironman, but it felt like quite the accomplishment for me. When I got home, I measured it out on Google Earth, and during that 9 1/2 minutes, I ran 1.03 miles – a sub-ten minute mile! I was pretty stoked when I saw that 🙂
The other thing that makes me feel like a runner is that I get excited about going out for a run. When it’s a running day, I look forward to it all day. When it’s not a running day, I miss it. Luckily for me, tonight is a running night – I’m starting week 5 of Couch to 5k, which ends with the infamous 20 minute run.
Bring it on!