Thursday, October 30, 2008

Just. Keep. Going.

OMG OMG OMG.... Bob and Jillian are going to be on Oprah. TODAY. THURSDAY. I just found out and rearranged my schedule so I can be home to watch (good thing I have no office hours/classes on Thursdays!!) Obviously, more on this tomorrow!!

There is this point on the "30 Day Shred" video that Jillian says "I know you think you're going to DIE... but you're not." That's where I was today. Today was my first 27 minute run, and I really thought about not doing it at all (stupid cold winter-like weather and stupid me for picking a 5K at the beginning of December). On Monday morning, when I did my last 25 minute run, I expanded my running area past the stadium/hospital complex and onto the roads/sidewalks around there. I decided to go in the opposite direction of where I went on Monday, just to challenge myself a bit. This is how the run went:

The first 17 minutes was fine. In fact, easy. (wow... did I just say that?) Nice, flat/downhill area. Then, around 17.5 minutes, I got hot. As in sweaty hot. I was running with a long-sleeved wicking shirt under a sweatshirt plus gloves... it's cold out there!!! So I stopped and took my sweatshirt off and tied it around my waist. Then, I faced the mountain. Ha. Seriously, I knew it was coming at the end of my run. So, I started running up it. I kept thinking as cars drove past me, that their drivers were thinking "OMG... she's going to die." In my head, I started thinking "OMG... I'm going to die." And then Jillian's voice popped in my head: "NO YOU ARE NOT." So, I started thinking more positively. Slow and steady wins the race. You're almost at the top. Just. Keep. Going.

And I did. And after 27 minutes, I saw that I had run 2.14 miles. That's a 12.5 minute mile!!!!!! I seriously was so proud of myself. Heck, I still am!!! I'm feeling a lot more confident about the 5K in 5 weeks. I kept having dreams about finishing the 5K in 45 minutes-- the last person across the finish line-- but if I continue at this pace, I'll be done in about 35 minutes, which is totally acceptable. I think that I can easily start running for 30 minutes at a time (which I'm going to try on Saturday and see how that works out). Trust me, I'm all smiles today :)


Cammy said...

What a fantastic run!! Way to go!

RooBabs said...

Okay, I don't usually watch Oprah (not that I don't want to, I just don't want to get sucked in since it's on every day, and I already watch too much TV), but I would love to see this episode. Luckily there's a new feature with our Tivo and DirecTV where you can go on the internet and select a program for your Tivo at home to record (and you don't have to be at home to set it). How cool is that?

We've never used it before, so I guess this will be a good test. I just have to get in touch with the Hubs at work and find out how to login on their web site!

I love that Jillian was in your head during your run! You did awesome!! And I bet anyone who drove by wasn't thinking that you were going to die. They were probably in awe that you were outside in the cold, running uphill. I bet they admired your dedication (I know I do).

You are going to do well on your 5k- 35 minutes is totally do-able. Way to go, girl!!

Jason said...


Way to go :)

I'm soooooo happy for you. Your body is so much more capable than your mind thinks it is.

Chrissie said...

I need to check out Oprah. I love Jillian.

Angie Eats Peace said...

Yay! I am proud of you too! You really mentally and physicall overcame something today!

I am so disappointed I missed Oprah :(
Thu I normally always run on the treadmill, and watched Oprah on the gym's TV.
Today, I planned to swim, so I brought all my swimming stuff and it was too late by the time I found out about O.

ptg said...

Phooey, I missed Oprah. You'll have to tell us how it is.

And your run? Only one word for it: AWESOMENESS.

You kick ass little miss, and you're totally going to hit that running goal!!!

Devon said...

Great job on your run! And by the end of c25k I bet you'll be at a 12 min mile :) Good luck!