Short story is….
I ran a complete 3.1 miles/5 K yesterday!!!!!!!!!
(on the treadmill)
Long story is…
As most of you know I finished the Couch to 5K program last week. For me it meant being able to jog 30 minutes straight, but not exactly 5K (or 3.1 miles). As I was talking to my husband about my accomplishment I told him that upon finishing that third 30-minute jog I wasn’t really winded and dying to quit. It was tough, but I knew I could’ve kept going.
hhhmm… That got me thinking, “I wonder if I can jog a full 5K yet?”
So, yesterday I decided I would try it, or at least jog as much as I could. I started out at a brisk jogging pace for me (4.2 mph) and kept that up for the first mile. The second mile I took it back down to 4 mph, then back up to 4.1 where I finally fell into a steady rhythm that I felt I could keep up for a while.
The sweat was pouring down the sides of my face. It was great!
Suddenly twenty five minutes rolled around and I realized that if I was doing my “normal” jog I would be done in only five minutes. I realized then that I could probably keep going for the entire 5K. I kept it steady, bumping up the pace for the a minute or two at different intervals.
At thirty minutes the treadmill decided it was time for me to be done and I had to reset my time for fifteen more minutes. Unfortunately, every minute it tried to go down into cool down settings, so I had to reset my pace every minute. That was interesting, but thankfully it didn’t wear me out or make it hard.
And at about 44 minutes I reached that magic number of my running dreams thus far
At the same moment the little trail on the screen showed me crossing the 5K mark.
I was so happy I was smiling and I wanted to turn and shout it to everyone in the gym. LOL Instead I texted two of my best friends and my husband with the news. I also told one woman in the stretching/core room, because I couldn’t contain my excitement. (And there were no guys in there at that particular moment…*sheepish grin* )
The best part of this entire story is that I was NOT exhausted at the end of my jog. I jogged 3.1 miles and I wasn’t dying to stop during those last few minutes. This shows me that I can endure a race.
So….yes, I’m going to start looking for a 5K race to run in this spring. I’m so excited and can’t wait to see more health goals reached in my life this year!
YAY! I can't wait to hear about which race you are going to pick!! Way to go girl 🙂
WOOOT! That is FANTASTIC! I am so proud of you! You definitely need to enter a 5K.
That is so cool!!!! I can't wait to be able to type that goal out too!
I learned a very valuable lesson last night that I will never do again, I ate dinner (homemade pizza) and then went to run my 15 minutes less than an hour later. About 10 minutes into it I felt like I needed to throw up and had sharpe pains in my stomache. I ended up only doing 13 minutes. I knew better.
Keep up the great work! I'm sure by spring you will have that 5k down to 34 minutes easily!!
leah i am so proud of you this is wonderful news!!!!!!!!!any news on you visiting phx…miss you love you aimee
Wow – it's funny when you hear “oh I ran 3 miles” it doesn't seem like much – but boy when you actually RUN 3 miles it's a whole different story! Way to go on that! So proud of you!
Go, Leah! Go, Leah! Go, Leah! (doin' a little dance for you).
Fantastic! I'll get back in the c25k this week (infection is over).
Woo hoo! Congratulations! That is exciting!!!!
Great job Leah, I am both proud of you and a bit jealous at the same time. 🙂
I mostly lurk here (your story inspires me) but I had to de-lurk to say WAY TO GO!!! That is so awesome!!! Congratulations on an accomplishment that proves how strong you are–body AND mind.
Leah what an ACCOMPLISHMENT! I'm so proud of you and feel so bad for missing this post (this week has been a little bit of a whirlwind for me…so sorry!).
Not sure if you have actually run outside or you have just been sticking to the treadmill (again I apologize) but just thought I would throw this out there, it's a lot different running outside then it is on a treadmill.
That being said I'm not saying you can't by any means because I know that you are capable, but it might just take some getting use to.
I'm so proud of you my friend…great work!
thats so very great! and just think 🙂 if you can do that on the dreadmill methinks you can do MORE THAN THAT outside!!
Thank you so much for sending me this link. It really is inspiring me, I am actually sitting here thinking “Hmmm, I wonder how long I could run with out stopping tonight?”