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Twenty

I quietly started running again back in February, using Active’s Couch to 5k app, and on Friday I “ran” my first timed event since AJ was born! Hell, since before I got pregnant. …and now that I think about it, since early 2012 when I completed my last half marathon.

I seriously had my doubts about whether Couch to 5k would work for me. I’ve used the Galloway method for years – since moving to Florida nearly 10 years ago. I really didn’t think I’d be able to kick the interval habit, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with my progress so far.

Friday night’s event matched up with my Week 5 Day 3 workout: 5 min walk, 20 min jog, 5 min walk.

I honestly went into it thinking I’d need to take a walk break during those 20 minutes. There was no way I’d be able to jog for 20 minutes!
But I did. I wasn’t going fast but I wasn’t walking. (I even jogged through a water stop because I knew that if I stopped once, I’d be tempted to stop 3,048,752 more times.)

This may be a good time to mention my heart rate: I’m not wearing a heart rate monitor. I tend to get geeked out when I wear one, which causes my HR to get higher faster for no reason at all. The last time I wore one, I ended up giving myself a panic attack because I was going up a giant hill and my heart rate rose. Um, duh! Anyway, I saw that number going up & I freaked out. So now I use “perceived exertion” instead – much better for me mentally this way, and I can tell that it’s nowhere near as high as it was getting before. (I never had any issues with short distances, only when I was running half marathons. So I’m not planning on doing any long distances.)

Because the Couch to 5k app only took me through 30 minutes (2.4 miles), I had to decide whether I’d finish out the 5k by walking, alternating jogging and walking, or jogging only. I’m still surprised at myself, but I jogged the rest of the distance! I’m actually still surprised that I wasn’t even tempted to walk during that last section.

I ended up with a chip time of 39:53 for an average pace of 12:50 per mile. Again, not fast, but not horrible considering I walked 10 of those minutes.
I’m not going to delude myself – running still isn’t something I look forward to – but I’ll take it as a good sign that I didn’t hate every step of that 5k, or the training runs leading up to it so far.

Of course, I didn’t take any pictures at all because I’m a horrible blogger – I can’t even post regularly, so I definitely can’t be expected to take pictures.

31 Mar, 2014
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Maybe

Maybe this is happening because it’s race season in FL and I keep seeing people post about each awesome event they’ve run.

Or maybe it’s because I keep seeing people register for fall marathons.

Or maybe even because I’m completely embarrassed at the fact that I weigh almost as much today as I did the day before I delivered AJ.

Whatever the reason, this is happened today:

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Regardless of the reason, it actually feels good to be out there doing something again.

Even if it takes me 12 (or more weeks) to finish the 9-week program, I’m just glad I started.

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