About a week and a half ago, I finally completed my last workout of c25k. Since then, I have continued to run anywhere from 1.5 to 3 miles at a time. I officially registered for my first 5k this past week. June 13.
Is it easy? Heck no. It's still really hard for me to run three miles. People post in the running Facebook group I'm in that they run an easy three miles or five miles and I'm just like easy?! But you know what? I can run three miles now too, even if it still is pretty hard. Eventually I will get there though. I have my eye on running a local race called the River Run next year. It's a 10 mile race across the Ohio River. How cool would that be to say that you've ran across the Ohio. What an incredible vantage point on the bridge.
If you want me to be completely, utterly honest, if you were to ask me if I thought that I would really complete c25k, my answer would be no. I had every intention to get as far as I could, but I figured I would get to that 20 minute run and that would be that. Especially since every time I have tried before has failed. Except that this time, I did it. It's such an incredible feeling to know that I can not only run a mile, but multiple miles.
I keep telling myself while running, especially if I'm exhausted and just want to quit that I am strong, that I can do it. And it's so true.
I am strong. I can do it. I am a runner.