I did it! My goal today was to finish all the runs strong and to have fun. I did both! I even picked up my pace a bit on the last run. I'm gaining confidence and stamina.
The biggest lesson I learned this week is not being afraid to push myself. I start to panic when my breathing gets too heavy. I'm reminding myself that as long as I'm still breathing I'm fine. I also make sure I'm not getting too tense in my shoulders. I have a tendency to do this and start holding my head down. I make sure I'm maintaining correct form and think of a mantra, quote, or scripture to get me through. It worked. Before I knew it my workout was complete.
Oh, and I found out I'm actually completing about 3.4 miles these mornings. I continue walking after my cool down. My guessimate was 2 miles. So, my goal will be running the entire course, nonstop, once I complete the Couch to 5K.
I really nervous about starting Week Three on Saturday.
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