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Thursday, September 22, 2011


Last night I read entries on the C25K team that were at the same training point. I read how almost everyone thought the jump from 8 minute jog to 20 minute jog was mostly a mental hurdle to get over. Believe me, I was really worried that there is no way I could finish 20 minutes.

This morning I got up and the weather was kind of misty outside. That was actually a good thing because I knew it would be cool and refreshing to run with a slight mist hitting me.
I walked my warmup walk and then it was time to start the jog. I took it slow and stayed right with the beat of the music. When I felt like I was getting tired out a bit, I just talked to myself about my breath and took some long breaths in and out and slowed my breathing down.
I don't really remember the podcast much except when the music changed to some words that were like, is this a dream or is it real. I remember this from the 8 minute jog, but this time it had a profound impact. I just kept saying to myself..... THIS IS NOT A DREAM.... THIS IS REAL.... I AM JOGGING.... AND I AM GOING TO FINISH THIS ....... and then towards the end of the podcast the music changed to something kind of lively and a bit more upbeat and I felt myself lifting my feet higher and I realized I was not longer doing the shuffle jog that I had done when I started this training. I was really jogging. I was extending my legs and lifting my arms and I had energy that I had never felt before. I was running. YES, me.... 60 year old me, I was running. woooooooooooooo hoooooooooooooooo me.
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    3316 days ago
  • MAMACAT2_3
    Oh my gosh that is AWESOME! I cannot run more than a couple of mins at a time, so this must just feel like an amazing achievement!
    3322 days ago
    emoticon WooHoo!!! CONGRATS!!! That's wonderful! I remember that day, too. And, I don't think I did it my first try! It was TOUGH!!! I am so proud of you!!! CONGRATS!
    3323 days ago
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    Oh doesn't it feel good! I remember that day! Your pictures are awesome. So happy for you. No stopping you now!! emoticon
    3323 days ago
    Thanks for your comments about my quilt AND adding me as your friend! Your blog is absolutely inspiring! GOOD on YOU for the fabulous break through! You are a true WINNER!!

    Oh yeah, before I forget.........I love your doggies!!!
    3323 days ago
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    3323 days ago
    I lOVE the pictures along with the fact you did something you were doubting you couldn't do!! It is an amazing feeling. Way to go!!!
    3323 days ago
  • KARBIE18
    That is terrific! What an accomplishment!! I'm so glad I stopped by to read this - you made my day!

    Hugs to you, my friend,
    3324 days ago
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    There is nothing quite like the feeling of a fantastic physical accomplishment!

    3324 days ago
    emoticon That is so fantastic! Congrats to you!!! I can't wait for the same experience. My training plan calls for 4 min. walk, 1 min. jog repeated 5 times. By the 4th jog I am barely able to finish the 1 minute. But when I started this, I could only handle 3 jog portions, walked the rest. So I see daily improvement and noticed my stride has lengthened, my speed increased...and now I can do all 5 jogs. Next week I increase to 3 min walk/1.5 min. jogs. So the thought of 20 minutes jogging is way beyond visualization for me....but I know I will get there just like you!!!
    3324 days ago
    That is emoticon !! Way to go on such an amazing accomplishment!! Love that smile! Congrats, and remember that feeling if you ever are doubting yourself again!
    3324 days ago
    Wow! So cool! Congrats!!! You're doing it! emoticon
    3325 days ago
  • KITT52
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    3325 days ago

    I love your excitement and the energy is just bouncing off the page!

    I told you you could do this... and look at you go!

    Babysteps baby... and now... you are full out jogging! 20 minutes is awesome!

    I can sooooo relate... it is mind over matter, and I felt the same elation when I finally jogged for 45 minutes straight the first day of my 2 week facebook challenge. I hadn't gone more than 5 minutes at a time, prior to that... I always talked myself out of it.

    The key... not setting my expectations of myself too high, and lowering the overall speed!



    Keep up the hard work!
    3325 days ago
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