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Friday, April 13, 2012

Just over a month ago when I started on my Spark journey for real, I was out of breath if I ran 50 metres and could not go any further.

Not sure then where I got the notion to decide I was going to start training for a 5k!!

Just two weeks ago, on the 4th of April, I joined the 5k rookie challenge. In the space of those two short weeks I cannot believe how long I can now jog.

By normal standards, it is still not very far but I am doing 2.6 miles in 30 mins half walk/half jog! By my standards, I could never believe I could do it.

When thinking about it I had loads of excuses – no time, a not great ankle, people might see me!! I know the last one sounds funny, but I have read blogs from at least two others in the last week that had the same fear. I am so thankful to them for sharing that because I thought I was the only one.

Why didn’t I want anyone to see me? I live in a small community and I know lots of people and I thought I would look stupid jogging and being a little older than the usual jogger!! I probably did at first and probably still do when I am getting tired, but I am getting better all the time! When I had considered everything, I decided I wasn’t going to let the opinions of others come between me and my health. They won’t be around when I am dealing with my regrets and the ‘what might have beens’ ! And I was reminded yesterday by another blogger, that no matter how slow I was going I was lapping those on the couch – so true, or in my case, those still in bed as I tend to do it early in the morning.

Also, one neighbour met me yesterday and said how she wished she could do it! I wanted to tell her she could but didn’t want to sound too preachy! But I know one parent of kids that go to the same school as my kids, was an inspiration to me. Maybe like she was to me, I can even be an inspiration to others and they may think that if I am doing it they can too.

I also know that I have pains and my ankle can be sore at night, but I also know I that I had plenty pains and aches before I started and if anything I have less now so that won’t stop me yet.

So here I am at the end of week two of my 5k rookie training. Just 6 weeks to go and it is looking very like I will make it!! So very exciting! Maybe at last I will be ready to go public and run an actual 5K (with people looking!!! LOL)!
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    I love this post. Your enthusiasm is infectious. I know it's been a few weeks, and so I wonder how you're getting on with it now. But, I've been intrigued by the idea of jogging recently...a first for me, in the past I thought it sounded like torture...but then I lived in Florida and it may've been. For the moment, I'm not quite ready, as I'd like to be just consistent with walking, perhaps faster and further, lose a bit of weight and then when a plateau hits, BAM! Knock it out with jogging :)

    It sounds like a dream come true to run a 5k. And so cool you're taking on neat-o fitness challenges!
    3265 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/8/2012 4:35:11 AM
    Such great news!!! Your blog really resonates with me today. Thanks for sharing.
    3289 days ago
    There is no feeling like crossing the finish line of your first 5k, with people looking at YOU and clapping for YOU! I got so choked up the first time I ran one, it was so overwhelming..not only from the amazing support of strangers and friends and family, but also the feeling of accomplishment. You will be ready to run your 5k, and when you do you'll wonder why you ever doubted yourself or thought yourself silly in the first place..I promise!! Keep up the amazing work!
    3290 days ago
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