I have been running the couch to 5k program with the purpose of learning how to breathe properly while training, which I believe it will improve my cardio condition. I’m running the program at a slower pace than I wanted to, but running it twice to double the fun.
The first two weeks, I did not see any improvements on my heart rate. But now that I have been at it for 5 weeks, my average heart rate has dropped 10-15 bpm, and the best part is that I feel strong after my runs. I don’t feel that I’m running at my maximum all the time.
Running has become my favorite discipline, but I do have to admit that I don’t run outside, but on a treadmill. When I run, I just listen to music, and look at a watch for a countdown on the time.
In addition to convenience, I realized that I enjoy running on the treadmill because I’m full of fears. My fears can go from being run over by a car, attacked by animals or humans, and being mocked at by random people. I know that the statistics are on my side, and some of my fears are unfounded but I do feel stressed when I get ready for an outdoor run.
Last weekend, I did what I thought would be impossible for me. I took a pepper spray to keep bears and people away and my dog to alert me of any potential dangers, and ran on a trail. It was the best experience in running I have ever had in my life. I even got lost, so I had to run an extra mile.
The climb was hard, and I had to walk it, but I was able to run 3 out of the 4 miles. I felt a big sense of accomplishment not only by running at 6,500 ft of elevation, but I also conquered my fears.
My reward was this feeling of assertion about my capabilities. It is no longer I can do this, but I’m doing this.