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This body doesn't run...or so I thought!

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Hello! New member here and thought I'd give a bit of background and some inspiration to others...

 

If you would have told me 6 months ago I'd be doing 5ks, and actually jogging, I would have thought you insane!  Well, maybe I'm the crazy one!  LOL  I'm 45 and about 100 lbs overweight.  Bad knees, former smoker, sedentary day job, and definitely NOT a runner.  I HATED exercise, especially walking/running (BORING!!!)

 

It all started because of a 5k obstacle course race I really wanted to do about 2 months ago.  I knew I could do the obstacles, but running 3 miles, NO WAY!! I tried jogging a few times and all my fat jiggled, my knees started hurting, and I could not breathe.  So okay, I figured I'd walk it.  BUT, I wasn't even sure I could WALK 5k.  So I started out a month before the event walking and sure enough, I was able to walk 5k.  Came the day of the race and I walked it and did the obstacles, had a ton of fun and got my finisher's medal.
 

By now, I was HOOKED!  I wanted to do more 5ks! I was all about the bling and the excitement of doing something I never thought I could do.  So I registered for a few more and kept walking them, but I really wanted to TRY to build up my strength and endurance to run them.  

 

I'm fortunate to live in a warm State where I can get out side at the local park and run around the trail (which is a 1 mile loop). So I started Week 1 in the beginning of December.  Week 1 Day 1 was BRUTAL. I could barely jog for a minute, let alone keep up the intervals, but I pushed myself through.  By the end of Week 1, I knew I wasn't ready to move onto Week 2. So, I did Week 1 again, and it got a little easier.  Then moved onto Week 2.  The first day was difficult, but I stuck it out.  Week 2 day 2 was still hard, but doable.  BUT a funny thing happened, I noticed I could breeze through the first minute without feeling tired and only at the last 30 seconds was I feeling it.  WOW!! You mean I built up my endurance to jog for a minute without really feeling it?  AWESOME!

 

I finished Week 2 and repeated the first 2 days again.  Then I had another 5k just a week ago. I did Week 2 day 3 during the 5k and when the session was done, I kept my music on and finished the 5, using my watch to time the walk/jog intervals.  I did my BEST time yet (shaved off 10 minutes).  This plan was REALLY working, I was really jogging, even if only for 2 minutes at a time!

 

So...Monday this week I walked 3 miles (briskly, since I was with a friend) instead of going back to the plan.  Today I decided "what if I try Week 3?? How far could I get?  Well, the first rep of 3 min jogging wasn't bad.  The second rep of 3 minute jogging nearly killed me.  I had to start walking about 2 minutes in, which I did until the 90 second jogging interval.  I finished it, and I'm proud of it! I know the next time I get out there I would be able to do both 3 minute reps jogging.

 

Other "funny" things are happening to me too!  When I start the 5 minute warm up walk, I don't want to walk, I want to start jogging!  My fat isn't jiggling as much (so far I lost 10 lbs, need to really get better with the diet now).  My balance seems to have improved. My knees don't hurt AT ALL and most of all, I'm jogging and enjoying it!!  I look forward to "workout days" when I can just put the music on, zone out, and follow the trail for 30 minutes doing whatever the lady in my phone tells me to do.  Most of all, I'm really jogging for more than 30 seconds at a time - WOOHOO!!

 

The motto of my story is....BELIEVE in yourself!  If you can't jog for 60 seconds in Week 1, so what? Jog for 30 seconds and walk the rest until the next interval.  KEEP DOING IT - you WILL Get better.

 

This app is really the BEST thing since sliced bread. 

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Hi Cendorly!  Warmest of welcomes!

 

AWE-mazing share! What you learned about yourself is extraordinary, and terrific - character/confidence-building x 100!!  I especially loved these thoughts:

 

"I was all about the bling and the excitement of doing something I never thought I could do."   
That's personally empowering for me. Good for you, and Right on!!
 
"WOW!! You mean I built up my endurance to jog for a minute without really feeling it?  AWESOME!"    
This always tickles my fancy too- it is awesome!  Each minute mastered does get easier - one minute of running (or walking) will eventually turn into 30 minutes.
 
"Then I had another 5k just a week ago. I did Week 2 day 3 during the 5k and when the session was done, I kept my music on and finished the 5, using my watch to time the walk/jog intervals.  I did my BEST time yet (shaved off 10 minutes).  This plan was REALLY working, I was really jogging, even if only for 2 minutes at a time!"  
What a great idea!  I never even considered beginning a 5k before I had completed the whole 8 weeks.  Granted, I do want to finish, yet what a fun way to tackle a 5k by looking at it as one of my weekly run/walks!  That's definitely doable, fun and spontaneous! This totally busts me out of my by-the-book <insert anal> modes. LOL
 
YOU ROCK!  Thank you!  Your story challenges me to stay with this and to stretch personal boundaries; to step outside self-limiting beliefs of what I believe I am capable of; or what I believe I am not capable of. :D
Congrats Cendorly ... on each and every achievement!!
Cheers!
ps. I absolutely/completely loved your 'so what!'

  

"BELIEVE in yourself!  

If you can't jog for 60 seconds in Week 1,

so what?

Jog for 30 seconds and walk the rest until the next interval.  

KEEP DOING IT

- you WILL Get better."

~Cendorly

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Welcome. Thats an amazing story! Isnt it wonderous what the body can do when the mind is totally engaged! Youre off to a superb start physically and mentally. Keep it up youre an inspirtation!

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Weeklegs and Maggiemae82 -  CONGRATS on accomplishments so far!  I would love to hear more!  Please keep us posted as your successes inspire my own! Thank you, thank you!  :D

 

... this time i did it, and i am sure that i will go till the end! :)

 

Nothingtodo1996 wayHAY to hang in there!  Sounds like you went from Nothingtodo1996 too LookingForMoreToDo2015 LOL  RIGHT ON!!  Can't wait to hear more!!!!  Congrats and CHEERS!

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