Hello friends and TGIF!
It's been a rather interesting week for me. As you know, I started running on Monday after nearly a 3 month hiatus. After speaking to my coach on Sunday, he suggested that I start off slow and progressively work up to the mileage and speed. He suggested that I run 20 minutes on Monday and continue to run on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Well, 20 minutes sounds easy peasy doesn't it?
Let's see, how could I describe my running experience on Monday? Humbling. Upsetting. Shocked. Surprised. Infuriated. I could not believe how slow my running pace was. I nearly cried when I got home and angrily told my husband that I would never be fast again. I suppose that comment makes me a hypocrite because I am a strong advocate of believing in yourself and having faith in the training that you do. But yes, I am human and I lost faith on Monday night after I went out for my 20 minute run.
After a few days of pondering my experience and thinking about my ability to run fast again, I told myself that I must be patient with the process of training; I must have faith in myself and in my coach; and I must be consistent with the training. It was very easy to fall in a negative mindset because I began thinking about my weaknesses, but I stopped for a second and began thinking about the positives: I am healthy and fully recovered from giving birth and I felt great (but sore) after my run.
It was discouraging to run again because I literally felt as if I was learning to run. My steps felt out of place and rather awkward. I felt like the Tin Man, rusty and squeaky as every joint in my body cracked and in search of my heart to believe in myself. Besides being slow, I was also gasping for air. That's okay because I WILL overcome being out of shape. I just have to take the proper steps to get to where I used to be.
I encourage you all to follow me throughout these months as I train to build up my mileage and speed. I will also begin the Paleo Challenge on Monday and I will post my meals of the day. If you have comments or suggestions to motivate me, I would really appreciate it! I look forward to my journey and I welcome the new challenges of my life!!!
I'm grateful for the random good mornings
I got from people as I ran today.