She told me about this running clinic that her gym is starting this Thursday. I learned that I didn't have to be a member, but could still sign up to train to run a 5k-or so I thought. All this time I was on board 100%, super excited because I've started and quit the Couch to 5k program more times than I can count. My runs have never surpassed a mile, but I figured 9 weeks to work my way up to a 5k would be a piece of cake. Well, a few days after pumping myself up and not giving this clinic a second thought, Leigh Ann says, "Oh, it's a 10k, not a 5k!" I had been confused the whole time. Whoa. I can't run a 10k. This is my first problem. If I don't think I can, then I can't. Simple as that. But I know now that my body is capable of so much more than I ever thought. I am already going farther and faster than I ever imagined, so who's to say I can't run 6 measly miles? I can do this. And I will.
For me, running is 94% mental. I have to psych myself out or I won't finish. It's funny how sometimes I can bust out a mile like it's nothing, and sometimes, three minutes in, I feel like I'm going to pass out and die. I just have to remind myself that my legs won't stop if my mind stays focused. I recently created a board on Pinterest called just keep running because I realized most of my workout pins were centered around running. I felt like I needed somewhere to go for inspiration before a long run that I don't feel like doing. Here are a few of my favorite pins:
This one struck a nerve with me because I am a SLOW runner. That's okay though, because I'm a runner none the less!
This is something I need to copy and post to every surface I see all day.
And just for fun:
I know alot of you aren't runners but I want to document this journey because I think you will be able to relate. Losing weight is not only a challenge physically, but mentally. I know that I can do this. I have to do this. Sometimes I might need support because it will be hard. It will, in fact, suck really bad. I know you girls got my back though! The clinic is once a week on Thursdays, with "homework" in between. This Thursday is our first group run. I'll keep you posted!
Have a great week and I'll be back tomorrow:)