This year I made New Year’s Resolution to run in a 5K race. I decided to use the Couch 2 5K program and literally begin on January 1st. The program was exactly nine weeks long and I registered for the Run for Ryan House on March 3rd. This gave me absolutely no room for error. First of all, let me say that the C25K program is awesome and that I went from total sloth to running a mile before I knew it, and athlete I am not. I am pleased to say that on March 3rd I dragged my butt out of bed at 5:30am and ran the race, yes, ran the whole way, and I honestly don’t know the last time I was so proud of myself. Not only for actually accomplishing a New Year’s Resolution for once, but for accomplishing something where I really had to push myself physically, mentally and even emotionally.
Now, a week after the run, I am definitely slowing down. It seems like I’ve lost all motivation; today I was running and when I didn’t have that C25k app voice in my ears telling me to keep plugging away, I decided not to plug at all. I stopped after only 1.4 miles – and I hadn’t done that in nine weeks! I was so disappointed in myself and couldn’t believe it! Where did my motivation go? Where was my energy?! It hit me on my cool down walk home; I didn’t have a goal! I had spent those nine weeks knowing that I had signed up for that race and I didn’t want to make a fool of myself, so I had to get my ass in gear! Now, I’ve got nothing to run towards, no big feat, no finish line, and therefore, I stopped way short.
So naturally I decided to honker down and set myself another goal and push myself just a bit farther. Pat’s Run it is! 4.2 miles, just a smidge more, and I know I can do it! Who’s with me?!?
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