Don’t you hate it when runners get all braggy about their accomplishments?? Especially when you are like- oh, you are going to brag about THAT?? Really?? That’s your brag?
Too bad.? Cause I’m gonna brag on myself.? Ha.? It’s a small one (even I realize that) but it had me really excited and smiley all day.? Plus I hope by sharing my accomplishments (small or large) that other struggling runners can see that it’s not always about being fast or going long, but sometimes it’s the small milestones that matter.? Baby steps lead to great big beautiful tomorrows with shiny bling and true bragging rights.
Yesterday I got up early, laced up my shoes, keyed up my C25K app and hit the road.? I thought I was in for 2 x’s 8 min running with a 5 min walk break in between.
Yeah.? No.? Apparently I skipped ahead somewhere and I am actually at the point where C25K thinks I am ready to run for 2 miles straight.? In 20 minutes.
Pardon me while I catch my breath from laughter… bahahaha… 2 miles in 20 minutes!? I wish.? I haven’t done THAT in years.?? Once upon a time in a mom body with at least 1 less kid birthed from it, that was the “norm.”? But finding that groove again has been a struggle.? Scratch that.? Struggle?? No, impossible right now.? I gotta be honest.? That’s not even on my radar.? I’m hoping to get sub 13 minute miles back as my “norm” for now.? That’s right, I’m shooting for sub 13.
When I realized that was on the schedule I had a few options.? Scroll back to the appropriate place in the program.? Set my normal intervals up (run 1 min walk 30 seconds).? Or just go for it and see what happened.
Since it was National Running Day and I was a bit giddy from all the runner love happening, I went for it.? My goal is to run a 5K straight without walk breaks.? I won’t make that goal without turning off my brain and just running, right?
Some of it was physically painful.? I’m dealing with moderate pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis.? It’s been lingering since right before the Princess Half weekend and flaired up pretty badly lately. ? The crazy thing is, the more I run on it, the better it feels.? So after the first 2-3 minutes of running, I don’t notice it anymore.? And the next day it doesn’t bother me as much. Today— it’s a slight nagging but NOT pain like it was yesterday.? No idea if this is normal or what, but I am working on a plan to recover from this sooner rather than later.? (More to come on that of course!)
My inner dialogue went on.
Just make it around the corner and then we can re-asses.?
Okay, that wasn’t too bad, don’t look at the watch.?
You looked at the Garmin Dammit Shenanigans!
Oh – looky there- it’s over 4 minutes of running and you aren’t dying?? In fact, you know, this feels ok.?
Wait, this feels really good and you are moving a bit faster now.? Whattttt???
Around .70 of a mile I checked the Garmin and felt great!? My mile goal was not far off (yes, I had scaled it back to running 1 mile straight to start!) AND I was moving much faster than I expected.? I was on track for a sub 12 minute mile.? As soon as I realized that, I instantly felt l like I had to slow down.? Was this self preservation because I don’t want to get hurt (worse than I already am?)? or was it a mental freakout that held me back?? Probably both.
I rounded the last stretch and stopped the Garmin when it hit a mile.? Huzzah!? Not only did I run a full mile without walking (first time since 2011, y’all!) but I did it in a faster time than I expected.? And didn’t die.
Side note:? My buddy April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere and I are starting a link-up party every Tuesday on running topics: Tuesdays On The Run.? If that’s your jam, we hope you’ll stop by and read some running inspired blogs every week.? Link-ups only work when other blogs participate, sooooo… consider yourself invited!? If you write a running blog (or just have a running post you want to share!) please join in the link up!? It will be live every Tuesday morning for you to add your new post or old post link.? Here’s all the details you need to know.
I’d love to hear your brag today!? Running related or not, what’s something you are proud of?? Small, big, or super big… share away!
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)