I have officially completed week 1 of the couch to 5k program. Woo Hoo! I worked out 5 days (Monday thru Friday), and when I weighed after my run this morning I weighed 3lbs less. How awesome is that! As thrilled as I am with what I have accomplished this week, I have so far to go I find myself doubting whether or not I can do it. This morning’s workout was certainly one of those times. See, on Thursday I began to experience shin splints. This morning they were killing me after only 3/4 mile in. I couldn’t help but think that I couldn’t do it, that I couldn’t walk anymore, much less run. And if I couldn’t do it, I would just fall behind and be unable to really become a runner, and then I wouldn’t lose the weight, which would mean I would never see myself having a body again, rather than the blob I am. All of these negative thoughts were pouring out. I immediately felt God telling me to keep going, and shut off that little devil on my shoulder. So I did. I began recalling bible verses in which God encourages us to keep going, even when things are really hard, and how when the flesh is made weak, the spirit is make stronger. God flooded my mind with positive and encouraging words. I realized that this morning, God wanted to see what I was made of. He wanted to see if I would rely on him and push through the pain, and just finish what I had set out to do at 5am. And guess what….I did! I’m sore again today, and my legs hurt, but that’s okay with me. I know it will get better eventually. At the end of our run, I mentioned how today was the first day this week that I actually struggled to get up. (Which is a big deal for me because I’m not a morning person at all!) That struggle to get out of bed is what first told me that I would struggle today. And boy did I! Turns out though, my sister and stepmom felt the same way this morning. It was hard for them too, but we all pushed through it together and finished. Now our mom kinda showed us up (lol), but I’m so proud of her. She ran more today (as in running without stopping) then she has so far…and she is in her 40’s. Props to her! I am so proud of her for that! Especially when I think that I’m 23 and struggling just to run because of my weight, yet here she is running like a pro. What a wonderful example she sets for us!
We’ve planned on doing this running Monday through Friday each week, and taking off on the weekend. That sounded great, but now I’m tempted to do it myself on weekends too. I mean lets be honest, I need more work than they do, so doing the extra workouts might would help me to improve so that I can keep up with their pace and progress. I just am worried that I won’t be able to push myself as hard as when we all do it together. We will see I guess. I know my body needs rest, but I really want to be disciplined in this. Maybe I’ll see if the hubby is willing to do some running. We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that one.
I’d like to just give a quick shout out to all the moms out there….I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend, you deserve it. Happy Mother’s Day!