What’s your biggest remaining challenge?

I ran. I RAN. I R.A.N. As in, didn’t walk.

I did the unthinkable today.

The impossible.

The unimaginable.

There I was, walking on the track at the YMCA. I was walking at a good clip — probably around 4-4.5 miles per hour. (Who knew Steal Your Face was a song with a quick enough tempo? And, I was groovy and mellow while doing it. Must have been that the Professor played a great show for us: Grateful Dead Berkeley Community Theatre Berkeley, CA 8/25/72. Thanks, Professor!)

Then, an even more energetic song came on and I thought, I’m going to attempt to jog a few steps! (Literally, I was going to shoot for about 10 feet.) I ended up jogging a whole lap! I wasn’t even really winded — just breathing slightly harder, but not panting or gasping or anything.

For me, this is big. I’m a good walker, but my whole life I had this image of myself as a non-runner. No way. No can do.

I know one lap (several actually, because I started doing a run lap for every several walk laps) doesn’t make a runner, but it’s given me a new challenge now that the Lazy Waister’s Triathlon is done. My goal is going to be to be able to run 5k by the end of December.

Sat, October 4 2008 » Motivation, Progress

7 Responses

  1. Arlene October 4 2008 @ 2:38 pm

    That is very cool. Unfortunately my knees won’t let me run anymore, but there was a time when I jogged daily. What an energy booster that was!

  2. Tanya October 4 2008 @ 7:32 pm

    AWESOME! I’m so not a runner but I LOVE the elliptical machine… I’m hoping by the end of the month I’ll be able to start exercising. Then watch out BLBE participants…

  3. Alexia October 4 2008 @ 8:05 pm

    Yeah, Arlene, I was surprised because I have trouble going up and down (especially down) stairs because I have arthritis in my knees. I guess I should check in with my doctor, but it felt really good!

    Tanya, the elliptical machine is a cruel machine — I admire you :-) Sounds like we’ll have a challenger! 😉

  4. Just Kelly October 6 2008 @ 8:45 pm

    I’m sure you’ve seen it but do you know about the Couch to 5k program? It’s fabulous! I’m training for a 5k on Thanksgiving. figuring it’ll be a great thing to do before chowing down on four thanksgiving dinners (both my hubby and I’s parents are divorced).

  5. Alexia October 6 2008 @ 9:13 pm

    I have! I’m surprised that I can see so much progress so fast! We can do this! Good for you! (And how complicated for dinner — is that 4 dinners in one night?!)

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