Nine weeks ago, I had one goal in mind and that was to successfully complete C25K. At first, this goal seemed like it would be next to impossible to reach. After all, I struggled to finish the 90 second runs so how could I possibly run non-stop for 30 minutes? However, by concentrating on one day at a time, and overcoming small hurdles with patience along the way, I managed to finish C25K last week. It was not easy.
While doing C25K I opted to use time as a measure of progress rather than distance. So now I can run 30 minutes without stopping. But what does this really mean? Yesterday was the first day I ran for distance. In 31 minutes I covered 4 kilometres. My initial disappointment of not covering a greater distance was put to rest by focusing on the starting point with my original aim to finish C25K in nine weeks. I also discovered that running uphill – even a small incline – requires much more effort than I expected. (If there were no hills I might have been closer to 5K.) I guess eight weeks of running on a perfectly flat stretch of desert highway in Oman doesn’t prepare one for the rough and hilly roads of New Brunswick. Anyhow, hills offer a new challenge and will help to keep me focused over the next few days before my first 5K race.
Lastly, I believe in order to reach a goal without becoming discouraged or frustrated in the process; it must be measurable and attainable. Given this and my progress to date, my next goal is not only to finish a 5K race but to cover the distance in less than 40 minutes.