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Graduate!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am a proud graduate of the C25K running program! *cue “Eye of the Tiger”*

I’m not going to lie – I got a little teary when I started the run and was about 5 minutes into it. For one, I honestly never thought I’d be able to finish C25K. I figured I’d start and be all gung-ho, but would let it fall by the wayside, a thousand different excuses at the ready. (I’m the queen of finding excuses for not exercising or eating right).

For another, I can’t even put into words how incredible it feels to actually be *using* my body for something. Before starting WW and C25K, the most exercise I ever got was going upstairs to get the charger for my iPod when iPpy McSkinny got low on juice. And I definitely wouldn’t go upstairs TWICE in a short period of time! Pshaw. I wasn’t taking care of myself at all. Mostly because I was depressed and didn’t know how to yank myself out of the situation.I didn’t see any *reason* to even make the attempt.

It is truly amazing how things can turn around in such a short amount of time. I, for one, am very grateful that I got the push I needed to start making myself as happy and healthy as I possibly can. Honestly, life is too short to spend even a single day miserable and sad. I spent the better part of a year in that state, and I refuse to go back to that.

OK. Now that I’ve gotten the mushy stuff out of the way….I  mapped my run on mapquest and here’s a screenshot of my final C25K route!

Mapquest tells me it was 1.02 miles. So, I did 2.04 miles in 30 minutes. I think I can probably do 5K in 50 minutes, which has been my goal all along for the Blue Hen 5K in a few weeks!!!

Eeek. I can’t believe it’s in like….2.5 weeks!!!! I’m really nervous and excited and just all around happy about it!

I still need to make my feathered tshirt though. I should go to Michael’s today and see what I can scrounge up in the way of supplies. 😀

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Look who came running with me!

Yeah, that’s totally Nick Carter on my tee. I ran with pride as I rocked my BSB shirt, let me tell you. (Obviously, I have zero shame).

I did week 8, Day 1 (and 2) today!! I ran in the morning, and then felt like going out again this afternoon, so I did! I’m not sure I’ll actually count it as Day 2 done, but who knows. We’ll see.

As I was running this AM, the sun was shining at just the right angle, and I had a pretty good shadow going, and can I just tell you, I have hips again! Wahoo!

A few new songs have been added to the workout playlist along with Tinchy Stryder. You may remember him from yesterday. 😀

The newest additions:

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I love you, iTunes.

So, my mom has satellite radio, and I sometimes  find myself listening to the BBC Radio whatever station. I like to pretend I’m in England and drinking lots of tea and watching Eastenders. Yeah….it’s kind of pitiful. I’m fully aware that my love of all things English is a bit strange, but come on. How can I not love a place with princes who wear those badass hats (see link), and real, honest-to-goodness CASTLES? (I totally want to get married there. At that castle. And you might notice, if you go to the website, that there is a “Weddings” page, so don’t think for a second that I haven’t investigated this thoroughly.  And I want a string quartet and swans. And my fiance in one of the aforementioned hats.)

Anyway, they play lots of current hits, both English and American. Sadly, sometimes I find myself digging a song, only to find that iTunes US doesn’t have it!

Boo and hiss.

This is one such song:

I heard it back in the fall and loooved it. I have no idea who these guys are, but all I knew was that I had to have it for my gym playlist. (That I wasn’t exercising AT ALL is beside the point, really.) I checked on iTunes…not there.

Fast forward 6 months. It’s totally there. It has been added to my library, and as soon as I find iPpy McSkinny, (I think he ran away in protest…I was thinking about switching to my brother’s shuffle for running now, since I don’t have the start and stop running/walking thing going on anymore, now that I’m on week 8, ) I will add it to the C25K playlist.

*happy dance*

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I rock. Just a little bit. And a war on underwear.

I finished Week 7, Day 1 of C25K yesterday. This included a 5 minute warm-up walk, 25 minute jog, and 5 minute cool-down walk.

First of all, I am still flabbergasted that I can run for 25 minutes without passing out on the side of the road.

Secondly, a miraculous thing happened yesterday! (Well, “miraculous” might be a slight exaggeration, but it was pretty awesome, in my opinion.) I started running and about 5 minutes into it I realized I wasn’t thinking about how I wished I was finished, or telling myself to just make it to the next tree, or any of the stuff I normally do when running. I was simply running, and enjoying it.

I ran 1.6 miles in 25 minutes again. I’m still slow, but that’s ok! Slow is better than not at all, right?

On another note, I am personally waging a war on my underwear.

Some of you may remember the great panty malfunction in February. It ended with me running with my knickers practically around my knees, which isn’t much fun while running. So I cleared out my underwear drawer of all underwear which might not actually stay where it’s supposed to and went on my merry way.

All has been going well except for the fact that I’ve lost 40+ pounds and now the underwear which sat firmly on my bum in February now has a tendency to gravitate south while I run.

I think a shopping trip might be in order.

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Can’t?

I finished week 6 of C25K yesterday (yaaaay, me!) It was a five minute warm-up walk, twenty-five minute jog, and then a five minute cool-down walk.  Supposedly you were supposed to run 2.25 miles. I clocked mine in the car after the run and I actually ran 1.6 miles. I’m sloooooooow. That’s OK though. 🙂 I aim to finish C25k by May 15th. That then gives me 3 weeks to just work on running faster, and then the Blue Hen 5K is on June 5th.

As I was running, it occurred to me that I would have definitely said I couldn’t ever run a 5K prior to starting my WLJ and C25K.

When I was running today, about 5 minutes into it, I got that feeling. You know the one I’m talking about. It comes around with anything that’s difficult, whether it’s running the NY Marathon or not eating the third bag of Oreos. The feeling that it’s just too difficult, and then wondering if, in the end, it’s really worth it?

I thought, “Ugh. I don’t want to be doing this. I have a blister on my feet, my legs feel like lead, how in the world am I going to survive another 20 minutes of this nonsense?” I pushed forward, and around the ten minute mark I was feeling pretty good and running a bit faster. I kept going, waving at the nice people in the neighborhood, and thanked my lucky stars when iPpy McSkinny announced “You are halfway there.”

Then I thought, “Ugh, only halfway? This blows!” Again, I wanted to stop. I thought about how nice it would be to be home, soaking in a bath. Or at home, watching last night’s “Lost” on Hulu. Or doing anything, really, other than sweating up a storm.

At the twenty minute mark, I thought, “Hey, this isn’t so bad.” When I did the twenty-minute run last week, the last few minutes were torture. It definitely wasn’t that bad this time.

So, I finished my 25 minutes/1.6 miles and walked about 10 minutes after it, to get home. As I walked, I realized that there is a big difference between “can’t” and “don’t want to,” although months ago, I didn’t know it. The two were one and the same in my head.  I certainly COULD have refused to eaten the 4th Cadbury Creme Egg in a row. I definitely didn’t want to. Therefore, in my head, I couldn’t put down the egg.

The same goes for the C25k training. Yes, when I was running today, I thought, “I can’t do this!” In reality, at the time, I just didn’t want to. I think part of it is a defense mechanism – if I say I can’t do something, it’s taking the responsibility away from me, thus limiting the failure that I’m sure is coming. Prior to starting this weight loss journey/exercise routine, the thought of failure was a complete nightmare. For a long time, I preferred doing nothing about it to trying to do it and failing. I suppose since I’ve crashed and burned in my weight loss before, I just didn’t think I could handle doing it again. Does that make sense?

Anyway, it was a good realization to have. A lot of the things I say I can’t do, really are just things I don’t want to do, because for me, they’re really hard and I’m afraid of failure.  When I said years ago that I can’t lose weight…well, really, I just didn’t want to try. It’s such a daunting task.  If losing weight and being fit and healthy and eating “normally” were easy, I (and everyone else around) would look like a Swedish bikini model and you’d be hard-pressed to get me to wear clothes. Ever.

Perhaps it’s best I not get *that* skinny. I’d never be able to leave the house again, because I’d just be naked all the time.

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Kicking C25K’s Booty!

I did Week 5, Day 3 today, and didn’t pass out on the side of the road!!!

I’ve decided, in my infinite widsom (hahaha! yeah, right) that running, for me, is mostly mental. I did day 2 yesterday which included an 8 minute run. It was a little tough at the end, but I made it.

When I looked at my C25K schedule, and saw that W5D3 was a 20 minute run, I almost cried. I just managed to do 8 yesterday, how am I going to more than double it?

I had to walk to my grandma’s house today. My dad had taken the car which I can drive (his is stick shift and I refuse to drive stick shift) and I had some errands to run. I figured I’d walk over there, run my errands, and walk back. On my way, I thought, “This is silly. I should just go ahead and do the 3rd day of week 5.” So I started running. I made it about 15 with no major incidents. The last 5 minutes were really tough and I was running verrrrry sloooooooowly. But I didn’t stop.

I may actually be ready for the Blue Hen 5K in June after all!

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And the first 5K is…

…The Blue Hen 5K!

I’m doing well with my C25K training. I started week 5 today, and although day two is scaring the pants off of me, I’m excited to finish! I’ve been thinking of signing up for a 5K but haven’t for a number of reasons. First of all, well, I wonder if I can really do it. Second, I wanted one far enough in the future that I have enough time to finish C25K. Third….well…I’m just nervous.

So I was looking for 5Ks around June, and lo and behold, my alma mater has come through. The Blue Hen 5K is June 5th at 8:30 AM. I chose this race for a number of reasons:

1. I have plenty of time to finish C25K and have a few weeks buffer, in case I need some extra time.

2. It’s at UD. I love UD 😀

3. My friend Kathy is doing it as well (right Kathy????)

4. I get a UD 5K t-shirt.

5. There is a prize for the runner displaying the most UD spirit. This gives me an excuse to glue blue feathers to a yellow shirt. And make a funny blue and gold hat. And run!

6. The $$$ raised benefits a UD scholarship program.

It’s a win all around!!! I’m kind of excited :D.

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