So, tonight was my last night of C25K! How very exciting...and somewhat neat being National Running Day and all
But, even more exciting, my mom and I did our first race last weekend! It was an 8k partial trail run, so our goal was to have fun, FINISH, and walk a good chunk. I ended up running my half hour (Week 9, Day 1), walking for a while, and then running from about the 4 mile mark to the finish. And, what I've learned is true to this race organizer's form, the course finished with a HUGE, STEEP hill. It was somewhat banana shaped...you started out gradual, got steeper, and it was pretty much vertical at the top. It was running UP a winter sledding hill. OMG. It was all we could do to stay upright. But we did, and finished. And by default (meaning, we were also last), my mom was first in her age division, and I was third in mine, so we both got medals too Not so bad for our first race!!
The start of the finish...
Roads were made for journeys...
I'm slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, but I run.
You Are Beautiful.
It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. Confucius Be patient and tough, some day this pain will be useful to you. Ovid
It doesn't have to be pretty, it just has to get done.
IronBess and Mom! Congratulations to both of you. I am very impressed. It is neat that you both won in your categories, and betters still that you did it as Mother and Daughter. Congratulations also on finishing C25(. Such good news. Iron, how many weeks did the program actually take you? Did you repeat any weeks, etc.? Which was the hardest week?
I also run with my daughters. Tomorrow we will be togeather doing - DD3 the Half marathon, DD1 and I will do the 5K. My girls want me to try the 10K - just walk what I have to, and I am tempted.
I hope you don'tleave the forum now that you are finished with the program. We need you for inspiration.
WoodsLady...I'm not going anywhere. We're waiting for my mom to finish C25K, then we'll do the half hour runs for another month or so, and then start the OHR
We started the last week in March. After the first week, my mom hurt her knee and was out for a bit. I took a couple weeks off, did a couple week one days again, and then started week 2 on my own (shortly after that she restarted, and we've been running together, each doing our own cycles). From that point, I didn't repeat any days or anything like that. I absolutely found week four to the be the hardest. Week three and week five looked impossible, but I found both of those to be easy and really confidence building. Week four nearly killed me. Still though, I just kept going through it, and each day of it DID get easier, and week five felt great.
It DOES seem like forever ago that we started. And I can't believe that two months ago 60 seconds of running was REALLY HARD, and now half an hour is completely doable. Craziness.
Chicago RnR 1/2 Marathon