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C25K Week 2: Fail

Here’s the post I started after I finished my run on Monday.

I can’t for the life of me remember which one of my friends used to say this, but it was one of them and I always believed it.

Runners aren’t ever happy. They never smile when they are running.

The reason I thought this was true is because you make a split-second judgment as a runner passes you because you only see them for a brief moment and that’s all you know about them. For example, if you happened to drive past me as I was starting one of the 90 second run cycles this morning – you would probably think something like:

Wow, that runner is fat. Apparently running is not the way to lose weight.

However if they drove by 89 seconds later then they would probably think something like:

Oh my, we really ought to stop and take that woman to the ER. I think she might die.

See, there’s no telling what kind of person you are passing when you drive by someone running. I used to think that everyone that ran was unhappy because I only saw them for a second and then either they were gone or I was.

All of this to say that I have debunked the myth behind my friend’s thought that runners aren’t ever happy when they are running because I  actually smiled today while I was running. Today was the first day out for week 2 of the Couch to 5K program and I hadn’t run since Friday AND I had to run for 90 seconds (compared to the 60 seconds from last week). Once I got out there and I ran my first 90 seconds I looked back at the distance I had covered. It was further than I could have imagined being able to run and still breathe comfortably. A smile slowly spread across my face as I turned back around…I was so proud.

Well,  that was the incomplete post after Monday’s run.

You’d think that would have been enough motivation for me to get up and get back out there for day 2…but no.

Although I started out strong this week with the C25K program. The rest of the week just started happening and I haven’t done day 2 or 3…and it’s already Thursday. At first I felt guilty about not getting up early enough to go run yesterday and after I felt miserable all day I promised myself that I would get up today and get back out there…but this morning has come and gone and I didn’t do it. The guilt is slowly vanishing and so is the desire to run – which isn’t a surprise since there wasn’t a whole lot of desire to run when I started this program last week.

I hope I can kick myself enough to finish this week before week 3 starts. I am so behind.


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