Today was a big day for me.
I am doing C25K, and I just finished W2D3 today. I’ve started C25K at least two other times, got nearly halfway through, and quit. There wasn’t really any good reason why I quit. I can make excuses, but that’s all they are- excuses. I didn’t have faith in myself; faith that I could do it, that I could accomplish something. Faith that I could really take control and change my life.
It’s been almost a year since I decided to join a gym and set things in motion. It’s been slow-going, as I’ve only lost about 20 pounds in that time, but I’m seeing real progress and change. I’ve discovered workouts that I truly enjoy. I’ve found reasons to keep going when it would have been easier to quit. I’ve tried things that I never would have tried a couple of years ago. It’s still hard to really put myself out there, but I’m making progress.
The reason why this day was such a big day for me was because today is the day it clicked. Whatever it is inside of me that wondered if I could really do it. I realized today that I could- that I AM doing it. I went to boot camp this morning, and normally, that would have been enough for the day. But I knew I needed to run. I needed to finish W2D3 so I could start W3 tomorrow. I felt good. We had done a lot of squats, but my legs weren’t sore yet, so I went home to eat some yogurt and rest for a few minutes and then went to the gym.
The treadmills we pretty full, but I grabbed an empty one and got started. Sometimes it’s hard to do C25K when there are a lot of people at the gym because I feel self-conscious. But I know that no one else cares what I am doing, and just maybe I am inspiring someone.
Since I was still in week 2, I run for a minute and a half, and then walk for two minutes. So not a lot of running, but more than I was used to. But here’s the thing. I felt good. I felt like a runner. I knew that I could do this. I am ready to do this, ready to make the necessary changes, and ready to change my life.
I know that this will be the time I finish C25K.