I’ve never been a runner. It always was, and still is, a very challenging form of exercise for me. To get started with running, I completed the Couch to 5K program and loved it. Really, loved it. So I assumed I’d love the Couch to 10K program just as much.
And I did. For about 10 weeks.
Then the running segments got longer without much a break in between. More than once I attempted the ‘run for 20 minutes, walk for 1 minute, run for 20 minutes again’ segment, and more than once I felt very frustrated when I just couldn’t do the second solid 20 minute stretch.
I wouldn’t allow myself to walk during a 20 minute segment because it was ‘cheating’. I became fixated on the number of minutes until I drove myself crazy and ended up dreading the workouts I had previously looked forward to so much.
Finally I decided this was ridiculous. Exercising should be fun. But instead, I was letting a iPhone app dictate whether or not I was having a good workout. My sense of accomplishment had dwindled, even though I was covering 4-5 miles on most of these wogs. That’s no small distance for me! So last week, I’d had it. I decided to quit. I thanked the program for getting me this far, then I said good bye to Couch to 10k.
So, is that it? Is that the end?
No way, Jose.
In fact, I just signed up for my very first 10k! It’s in 1 month. Hello, Racefest!
I’ve decided that I can take it from here. My goal is to run to the 10k and finish it. That’s it. As much as I want to finish in under an hour, I’m not going to focus on that. After all, I’ll need a goal to shoot for for my next 10k, right?
I’ve found that since making my decision, they joy is back in my workouts. I’m really enjoying Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp because it’s teaching me how to add quality strength training exercises into my routine 3 days a week and leaves me shaking (as seen in this blurry picture)
I’m also spending 2-3 days a week wogging on my own. I’m focusing on mileage over minutes, for the first time, and for now it’s working for me.
I’m also trying to focus on pacing myself, a concept I’ve just recently begun to understand, but that’s for another post. I’ve been long-winded enough today.
Any tips for me on how to best prepare for the 10k?