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My first attempt and I was disappointed.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Well I want to run.... I have wanted to run for the past few years. Well I am attempting this journey and also signed up for a 5k for Oct 16 to make me do this. Well I went to the fitness path at our local park. I was told it was almost 2 miles. SO I dropped the kids off last night and attempted this. Plus I just got my new Enell bra that is suppose to be the best so I was excited to do this. I park and get out and start walking and if I didn't see anyone attempt my runs. I was determined to do the entire loop. It was nice and really quite and so many squirrels. I was thinking to myself during this walk that I can't do this. This is too hard. I am thinking and talking myself out of this and wonder how people do this. But I did complete the path BUT I look at my pedometer and it only said .91 and that even pissed me off even more. It took me 30 minutes to do it so at this rate it will take me 1.5+ hours to do my 5K. I am going to be the last person. I was so disappointed. I get home and check the web site and it says 2 miles but did I take a wrong path or what. Then I thought maybe I have the wrong length of steps in my pedometer. I don't know but I am very disappointed. But I will do it again. So I figured I will just blog my attempts and it might help me to do it.

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  • no profile photo CD128363
    DON"T GIVE UP! I know it's hard but you can do it!
    3873 days ago
    Penny, sorry that I'm just seeing this blog, you've got this!!! The fact that you are out there moving and working toward a goal is the only thing that you need to keep your focus on. In fact, take off the pedometer and just get out there and do what your body and mind tell you that you can do. And as for coming in last on your first 5K? SO WHAT?!? In my opinion, if you are out there finishing a 5K, the only people that came in last are the ones that were too scared to sign up and attempt it. You are a winner no matter where you place!!!
    3879 days ago
    You've gotten lots of good advice & support here. And so what if you are last in your race? Someone has to be last...& you may end up being an inspiration for others who are afraid to even try. I've been "running" for over a year & still often only manage a 15 minute mile. But my heart, my bones, & my cholesterol count don't care how fast I run...they just keep improving!
    3897 days ago
    Finishing a 5K in last place is still finishing a 5K! You can do it! I am proud of you.
    3897 days ago
    Well I feel better because it was 1.87 miles for that path.
    3897 days ago
    The point is that YOU DID IT! Also, the pedometer has to be right over your hip bone or the little part inside won't bounce properly. This happened to me during a lake walk and I was super P.O.'d because I really wanted to see myself hit 10,000 steps!!
    3898 days ago
    I did my 1st 5K in May of this year. But I only walked fast. I say don't worry about your speed on the first one just use it as an accomplishment and work on getting faster for the next one. You did a great job getting out there sometimes that is a battle. Great job.
    3898 days ago
    I agree with the couch to 5K plan! It's based on time instead of distance, and I'm pretty sure your pedometer was off...

    Congrats on getting out there and trying. Don't worry about anything else right now, just try and do what you can, it'll get easier, but start slow!
    3898 days ago
    If I quit after my first attempt, I would never be where I am now. It WILL be hard. But you definitely can do it. It takes time and commitment. Don't quit. What will that get you? I know you want this so get up, dust yourself off, and try it again. Don't worry about the distance, it sounds like it is off. Regardless, you can't concern yourself with what place you are. The point in this 5K is that you want the feeling of accomplishment that you CAN do it. Keep working and you will do fine in the 5K. Then do another one. And another one.
    3898 days ago
  • BRE7482
    Penny...DO NOT QUIT. I completely understand where you are coming from. When I began week 1 I was jogging for 60 seconds (I'm on the Couch 2 5K plan) and I thought I was going to have an asthma attack. now, I'm jogging 3 minutes at a time, which granted isn't much, but during week 1 I thought 3 minutes was impossible. You can do this. You have the time, just pace yourself and do what you're comfortable with. I'm much slower than most people my age, but I think at least I'm out here. You are so strong and I know you'll ROCK your 5k with no problems. emoticon
    3898 days ago
    Girl, you took the first step by even going out there. You can do this! Keep going back, and eventually you will start running, and you will get a little faster each time. You can do this.
    3898 days ago
    Don't give up yet! Try this: instead of thinking, "I can't do it," think "I'm gonna see what happens." No pressure, no recriminations. Just go slow at first, and then pick up the pace. Keep thinking, "I'll just see what happens," and while you walk or run, distract yourself. Listen to music, watch what's going on in the park as you walk/ run, play games in your mind as you walk, and really focus on thinking positive thoughts. Really often it's the mental game that makes or breaks people, so focus on keeping your thoughts positive and keep on going!
    3898 days ago
    Try focusing on the good, you got out there and did it!

    I have two suggestions. First reset your pedometer, it could be off. Second try a program like couch to 5K (I may have the name a bit wrong), I have a friend who did it and she's just finished her first 5K (and she wasn't last). This will help you set reasonable goals for running which should cut down on the disappointment:-)

    Keep up the good work!
    3898 days ago
    Don't get discouraged! Keep at it, but do this gradually!
    3898 days ago
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