Readers’ Workouts

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”.

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12 Responses to Readers’ Workouts

  1. Fiona says:

    You will be fine for the 5k. Having a friend there to push you is good – it is harder to give up when you are running with others. It took me a while before I felt confident enough running on my own actually. I think to start running without any encouragement is a massive step.

    Also… eventually you will be able to run the full 5k and eventually running for that far will actually seem normal. Your heart and lungs just gotta catch up a bit with your feet – that’s how I look at it. I think you do eventually get to a point where running becomes more comfortable, but the first month or two is a bit of a struggle. Soon you’ll find yourself thinking that 4 miles is only one more then 3 and so on and so forth. So you will do it if you persevere and running won’t feel quite so much like death.

    • bibliosue says:

      Yes, Fiona, my heart & lungs definitely need to catch up with my feet. After a few minutes of running I need almost as much time to get my breathing back to normal

  2. Leeswammes says:

    Sounds like your co-worker is pushing you just the right way. Of course, with training, it can only get easier, not harder, so I’m sure you’ll do fine on the day!

  3. zibilee says:

    Having someone push you just that extra little bit sounds like it was just what you needed, and I can imagine that it felt good to accomplish so much. What a great friend and coworker you have!

  4. joyweesemoll says:

    Woohoo! This sounds like a big leap forward. I’m smiling about all those family members being there to cheer! What a fun day to look forward to.

  5. pburt says:

    Yeah for going for it and yeah for the nieces and nephews. There is nothing like a cheering section to make the run easier. Maybe they can join in on the route near the end and help you run to the finish.

  6. Heather says:

    Having fans will encourage you to keep going too!

  7. You will do great!! I think your planning is great, and my suggestion is when you want to walk, don’t – just do a very slow jog. I can’t remember who recommended that to me (was it you? it might have been Fiona, she rocks!), but it was one of the best pieces of advice because it helped increase my endurance and duration. You will do soooo fantastic!!

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