As many of you know, I decided to start the C25K program - which stands for "Couch To 5k." The program is essentially designed to train a person with 0 running experience (that would be me, for sure) and have them work their tolerance up to being able to run a 5k (or 30 minutes) continuously. When you start, your intervals of jogging are only 60 seconds at a time and you work your way up throughout the 9 week course.
I've tried the program twice before, never truly getting past the second week. And so I put it on the back burner, sure that running wasn't for me and I'd never be able to do it. Something changed in me, though, and I got the spark back. I felt like I wanted to be a runner. Maybe it was losing more weight and feeling a bit fitter, but I came back to it.
This morning I completed "Week 5 / Day 3" of the program. Today was the first time IN MY LIFE that I ran continuously for 20 minutes. That's not a mistake. TWENTY. As in, TWENTY! I'm not too proud to admit that when I finished my run I had tears (and a lot of sweat) running down my face. I never believed I could do this before I started this program. And truthfully, there have been days I was skeptical I could even after having started the program. My legs started hurting and my lungs nearly declared mutiny a couple of times but I DID IT.
The lesson for me here is that if I believe I can do something, there's not a hell of a lot that can stand between me and my goal. This time around I've started the program with the mindset that I'm going to finish it. I knew after my last run that today was going to be a challenge, but I got up this morning and ran anyway, knowing in my heart that I could do it. You don't hear this come out of my mouth often, but I AM SO DAMN PROUD OF MYSELF.
You have to find what you love and do it. In my case, the least likely thing has turned out to be what I've started falling in love with. I never quite understood why someone would want to run unless a serial killer was chasing them. But now I get it - if you're a runner, you're going to be way faster than the serial killer, and the non-runners are going to be the ones the killer reaches first.