One night last summer, I texted my friend, “Let’s run tomorrow in the morning.”
But autocorrect changed it to “Let’s run torture in the morning.”
And ever since, I’ve fondly referred to the act of putting one foot in front of the other at a pace faster than a walk as “running torture.”
And for some reason, I keep doing it.
I’ve been doing Couch to 5k for 17 months now. Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Like I’ve been in a really good fitness routine for over a year. Pretty awesome of me, huh?
Except C25k is a program that is meant to train beginning runners to run a 5k (3.1 miles) in 9 weeks.
And I haven’t completed the program, yet.
I’ve had a myriad of setbacks – First, shin splints. Then winter came. Then, migraine headaches after running. And then shin splints again. Now, apparently I’m back in the “headache” part of the cycle.
But, I’ve made progress. When I started, I could barely complete the 60-second jogging intervals that are part of the first week’s schedule. And then we moved on to 90 seconds, and it truly was torture. Now, the longest single interval I’ve run was 25 minutes. Did you read that? 25 minutes of running torture! And I survived.
My current 5k time is somewhere between 41 and 42 minutes. And I joined a community gym and have been faithfully running two times a week for the last month while Isaac’s at preschool.
Slowly, but surely, I’ll make 3.1 not quite so torturous.
And then I’ll start working towards a 10k.
Because running torture is good for me, right?
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