As 2014 comes to a close in the next week, I feel the need to reflect on some major accomplishments that I owe all to the C25K program by ZenLabs. I started this journey back on April 14, 2014 with some motivation from my wife and family. Running was never something that I was jealous of, really, never understood why someone would just "run" on their own. After starting the program, I had signed up for my first 5K race. It was a Father's day race, which was fitting, seeing that I am a father of 3 under the age of 5. My goal was to finish the race without injury and have a baseline for the rest of the year. Finished that race in 26:41 with an 8:36/mi pace. Blown away! I finished the race and faster than I could have imagined. Maybe I have something here, was a thought that I had racing in my head. Maybe this running thing could be for me. Will I ever finish first, no, probably not, but is that the goal? The goal to me, was to finish at a faster pace/time than the race before, even if it was just a second faster. Now, I needed to get the understanding that I may not be faster than the previous race because each course is different and some may be faster or more flat than others. This has been an internal struggle with me because of my nature and not wanting to fail. Fast forward to today. I have completed six (6) 5K races with the last being my best race of the season, running a 22:16 at a 7:10/mi pace! I have also thrown in a 10K in the middle of September which was run at 52:59. Upon posting this I have logged 304 miles which includes the C25K program at an overall pace of 9:05/mi. The most impressive thing for me is the amount of energy I have and how I feel if I don't "get a run in", the fact of the matter is that I have become one of those "runners" and I can not thank ZenLabs and their C25k program for getting me there. Oh, my scale thanks you too, dropping 20lbs and a full pant and shirt size in a mere 8 months!
Looking forward to 2015 and my first half marathon!
Plan, plan, plan. My story goes like this; I am a 34 yr old father of 3 (all under the age of 5), I work FT as a retail manager (no set schedule), I attend the University of Pheonix (online classes) FT AND completed the C25kfree program from April 14, 2014 to running my first 5k on Father's Day of this year. There are many factors to being successful, but for me there were 2. The first was for me. This was a challenge to myself saying that with all on my plate, I can do this and be successful! (Just finish my 3rd 5k at 24:00min flat). The second was for my family and their support. They understood that I would be out "running" 3 times a week for only a short time, but that would be a good thing down the road. We would make up the 1.5 hrs of my commitment on the backend.
The only way to be successful is to plan each week ahead of time and stick to it. If you have the ability to have a set schedule, this should be easy, but if you are like me, this takes some thought. I was actually running at sometimes as late as 10 pm in my neighborhood because that was the day that I commited to. I have lost 13lbs since starting, but a bigger win is that I have dropped a pant size! The scale may not reflect your changes, but your clothing will!