I survived my first run!
As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve decided to start training for a 5K race. Since I’ve never been a runner, I’m starting from scratch and using run/walk type of program. Shortly after I posted about my new fitness plans, I attempted my first ever run.
I’m a bit of a pessimist. I know that isn’t anything to be proud of, but in this case (and, I find, in many other cases!) it actually helps me out. When I go into something expecting the worst, often I am pleasantly surprised. That’s what happened with my run. OK, maybe “pleasant” is a bit of a strong word, but it really wasn’t all that bad.
I started out with a five-minute warm-up walk. Then I ran for one minute and walked for 90 seconds. The first minute of running was the toughest. I looked at my watch when I started to feel winded and, good lord, it had only been 23 seconds! Yikes! After that, each minute got a bit easier. Around the halfway mark, I wasn’t looking at my watch until about 45 seconds. And then, shockingly, I ran 15 seconds longer than I needed to for the final stretch. The total workout was 25 minutes and, although I was sweaty and out of breath by the end, I felt pretty pleased with myself for surviving.
For someone who’s always had a fear of running, I feel pretty good about my chances of conquering that fear. Now that I’ve done it once, I know I can get out there and do it again.