Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I Get A Gold Star

About 3 months ago I decided I wanted to be a runner. I have never liked running because I was not good at it, but I found a great program (couch to 5k), bought myself some new running shoes and decided I was going to do this.

I started out steady and slow, but was not sure it was really going to happen. I stayed to the schedule pretty well, but these last few weeks I kind of hit a wall. I would run 10 minutes, walk 4, run 10, etc. or on a bad day I would run 5 minutes walk 2, run 5, etc. I could run the 10 minutes, but did not feel like I could make it to the next step.

Tonight I DID IT!!!! I finally reached my goal! I ran 3 miles without stopping or slowing down for that matter. It took me 27 minutes and 34 seconds, but that is 27 minutes and 34 seconds of non-stop running! Not only did I run 3 miles without stopping, I felt like I could have kept going. It was so rewarding to finally meet a goal I worked really hard at. I am so proud of myself and feel like I have earned this bit of pride. I truthfully can't believe I did it. I never thought I would be a runner, but tonight I feel like I am finally in the club!

Running is strange in that one day it feels great and I have no problem, but the next day I am struggling to make it to 5 minutes and watching the clock slowly tick. I have a lot to learn about it still, but now that I reached my 3 mile goal, my new goal is to run a 1/2 marathon. I'm not committing to when this will happen, but one day it will.

I can't wait to do it again tomorrow and to all of you non runners out there....if I can do it, you can do it.

14 comments:

Annie Hall said...

I was reading this too fast and I thought it said you were running 10 miles walking 5 miles and running another 10 miles! I was like that is crazy hard core. But I am still super impressed. As I sit on my couch while it snows outside I think to myself this is not for me.

stephanielynn said...

Linds! I'm so impressed - way to go! I'm only on week 3 of the program but I have hope that I'll get there!

Turkey Trot here we come!

Annie said...

lindsay-that is awesome!!! WAy to go!!! It is a great feeling to have to realize that you did it!! You are looking good :)

Brooke said...

Congratulations! That's so amazing, and you're so amazing!

Leah said...

I found this same article and thought the same thing! I dodn't get as far as you, however. ;D

Cambo said...

Awesome! Soon you will be running 3 miles a day. No problem. Congrats!

Also, just a helpful hint. I hate looking at the clock as well cause sometimes it will seem like it is going so slow. When I'm on the treadmill I will actually put a towel over the timer so I don't see how long I have been running. It's a good way to forget about how long you have been running or how far you have been running. Try it. I will peak every once in awhile to see where I am at, but I try to only look a couple of times. It makes running go by pretty fast.

Sunny said...

Congratulations! I'm so proud of you. BTW, you now officially run faster than Team Wil-Sun. :)

jami said...

woot-woo! i'm jealous because i want to be a runner but i'm afraid having babies has put a cramp in my runner dreams ... go lyman!!

Mandy said...

I'm so proud of you! I too would love to be a runner, and like you, I have good days and others where it's complete torture! You are lots more dedicated...maybe I need your book! :) When Jo was training for her marathon, I would drive the ASPIRE behind her with music playing really loud....ahhh...the days before ipods! Maybe I'm more of a driver...than a runner! :)
Good work! I will totally drive behind or cheer you on at you 1/2!!

Em said...

Ahh shit. Good job turbo.

Okie said...

I did the same program- isn't it amazing? I swear it has magic running mojo or something; how else could I explain morphing myself into a runner? My tip: now that you've dont the couch - 5K find some races. It will help you keep pushing yourself and it's way fun! I did a 10K in Sept and am training for a half in Vegas on the 7th... we could be running friends!

Jody and Jake Moore said...

Linds - I am SO proud of you! I went running a couple days last week thanks to you inspiring me. Gotta get ready for that Turkey Trot! Can't wait!!!

Lindsay Jane said...

Thanks everyone for the support and suggestions!

frandses said...

Hey Lindsey,
That's awesome. I wanted to say congrates. I have been trying to run for over a year now and I still can't run a full 3 miles with out walking it least for 5 minutes or more. Keep up the good work.
PS - We miss you here at Datamark.

Shauna