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Today marks the day that I finally finished the stupid week 1 day 1 of Couch to 5k!
Now I just have to do it two more times to move on to the next week. At this rate, I'll be running the 5k from start to finish in about 3 years. Okay, maybe not that long.
I may be a tad bitter because of how bad my calves hurt right now. I really pushed myself to finish in spite of the pain.

There are some silver lining things about todays run however.

I figured out in my second to last run that if I use my thunder thighs more to pump my legs, my calves don't hurt as bad. I don't know how I never realized this before. Thunder thighs thunder for a reason!

I think my shoes just need to be broken in a bit. They hurt my feet much less today than last time. This is only my second run with them, but I think in one or two more runs, they'll feel great and won't give me any foot pain at all.

I ventured out of my little parking lot stretch and took to the sidewalks for the bulk of my run today and I think that helped me not to want to run into my front door rather than finish. So I will be venturing out when I run from now on.

I FINISHED! I did the entire run. From start to end. My lungs burned, my calves felt like they were in a vice, my arches ached, I was dying of thirst, and I thought my legs would give out from under me (this has never happened in spite of all the times I thought it would) and I nearly stopped. But as I was nearing the path to my front door I thought to myself "self, not this time. this is how it's been. but it doesn't have to keep being that way. you can finish." And I finished. I even sprinted the last run and I thought I was going to have an asthma attack (I hate to think how that would actually feel!) but I didn't. I hurt. I was tired. But I made it. And boy was it good to hear Robert Ullray's voice at the end saying that I'd finished! I nearly cried. Right there in the parking log. And then Lance Armstrong told me I did good too.

My twitter stream on the right should upload the details of my run.

I may feel a bit bitter sweet about this accomplishment, but for today, sushi at Mio sushi and Avatar. It's time to celebrate!


  1. Great job! Try not to be discouraged if you have to do a run more than once! I took at least 12 weeks to finish the c25k the first time!

    It's not a race, its for your fitness! Sometimes it takes time :)



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