Well.....here it is!
After I ran, I had an epiphany (trumpets in the background please?!) I ran the full 30 minutes with a 5 min warm-up and a 5 min cool-down...I was pretty darn proud of myself but a little bummed because I still haven't hit a full 3 miles yet and I'm still pitifully slow. I was starting to have some self doubt about my ability to finish a marathon and why I even started this crazy undertaking in the first place. Let's face it, I'm still over 200#'s, never been a runner, not really that athleticaly inclined and I'm slow. To call me a penguin would be way to kind! Hold on a tick, I'm starting to sound like a major Debbie-Downer! Let me get to my epiphany...when I started the Couch to 5K, it hurt somethin' fierce to even be able to run for 60 seconds. Each little interval was like a foray into h*ll. My shins hurt, I couldn't catch my breath at times. I hated it. There was no way I was going to be able to run for 30 minutes straight. I had started and stopped this program at least 4 times and hadn't finished. Well, guess who is running for 30 minutes straight? Moi! That' who! I've realized that I have to trust the process and myself. When I started, it wasn't easy and I really didn't think that I'd be doing it eventually, but as I just pointed out earlier, I can now bust out a 30 minute run. I have to think of the marathon training just the same. At the starting line (pardon the pun!), the journey ahead always looks intimidating. I just have to trust the process. I'm ready.