The Readers’ Workouts meme is hosted at Joy’s Book Blog. This is a place to share exercise successes and challenges.
Well on Sunday I did a run/walk of the 5k route I will be running on the 31st. And I survived, though barely. It was a lot harder than I thought and I really wanted to give up the whole running idea and accept the fact that I can’t do it and walking is the only way for me to go.
Thankfully I was with a co-worker of mine who will be participating in the 5k as well and she wouldn’t let me stop. She pushed me (in a good way) to run to the end of the block, to the next tree, anything to get me to run just a little bit more before we did a walking interval. It was the forceful yet encouraging kick in the butt that I needed, and we managed to run to the “finish line” (in this case, our cars in the parking lot).
I’m very happy to take all of the encouragement and support I’m offered, but this Sunday I also realized that I need to have someone in my corner to challenge me, to force me outside of my comfort zone and get me to perform what I can even when I think I can’t.
So each Sunday until the race we are going to run/walk the route with more running and less walking. I still don’t know if I can run the entire 5k on the 31st but I am really going to try.
An added motivation for me: I found out this week that all six of my nieces and nephews, ranging in age from 9 months to 10 years, will be visiting the weekend of the 5k and will be there to cheer for me. I knew that half of them (the Winnipeg branch) would be coming, as my brother and sister-in-law (she who has done 5 half-marathons) are running with me; but the other half (the Toronto branch) just confirmed that they will be heading down as well. That has me just too excited for words — I’m a very happy auntie and the best reward for finishing the 5k will be to spend time with all of my “rugrats”.