Thursday, March 5, 2009

Couch to 5K Update

It has been one week since I
began the Couch to 5K program and I just completed my 4th "run". And, let me tell you, it was H-A-R-D! But it was wonderful at the same time. :-) There is nothing like doing something that you really thought you couldn't do!

Today's workout increased the running time from 60 second intervals to 90 second intervals. (Oh, and by the way, Couch to 5K calls this "jogging" - which I refuse to do. ;-) This is hard. It is running. And I want credit where credit is due!)

The thing that I am noticing about running is that it is really so much harder than walking or doing aerobics. I am also noticing that I am not in as good a shape as I thought I was! Yes, I know I need to loose a few pounds (Actually at my short stature, I need to lose more than a few! ;-) But, more important to me than what the scale says, is the condition of my heart (physically and spiritually). I can walk all day and I can do aerobics for quite awhile without getting too winded, but running? It is really challenging. But you know...I've always loved a good challenge! :-)


"Let me but live my life from
year to year,
With forward face and
unreluctant soul;
Not hurrying to, nor turning
from, the goal;
Not mourning for the things
that disappear
In the dim past, nor holding
back in fear
from what the future veils;
but with a whole
And happy heart, that pays its toll
To Youth and Age, and
travels on with cheer.

So let the way wind up the
hill or down,
O'er rough or smooth, the
journey will be joy:
Still seeking what I sought
when but a boy,
New friendship, high adventure,
and a crown,
My heart will keep the courage
of the quest,
And hope the road's last turn
will be the best."

~Henry Van Dyke

"Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. It is thine. Go fourth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and with a manly heart."

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"...let us run with patience
the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus
the author and finisher of our faith..."
Hebrews 12:1-2