1. I thought I blogged more than I actually did, which means all those times I thought I was sharing with you guys, I was only sharing with myself...in my head and
2. I have no concept of time. It seems like just yesterday that I received the email stating I was accepted and at the same time, so much has changed in that time that it seems so long ago.
If you are not familiar with the Fatty Must Run Marathon Challenge, just click here for information about it. Over the course of a year, Julie, the leader of this challenge, will guide us through marathon training. Some would consider training for a 26.2 miles run as torture but I consider it a privilege to do so with these women. Ok side note here: Julie is from the UK and I am obsessed with anything from across the pond, so when I read her blog posts, I read them out loud with my very bad British accent.
Julie gives us a new set of challenges each month. We are to keep her updated at least once a month via email or blog post. But most of us have also updated eachother daily via Twitter. If you would like to follow us, just search #FMRMC or #Fattymustrunmarathonchallenge. For the first month, May, we were given three tasks run 2 miles, start 30 day squat challenge and run a timed 5K.
Run 2 milesand report back to Julie on how it felt. Because I was already running two miles each run, this one was natural for me. The only comment I have is that it is getting hot in Texas so I have to change the time of day I run. Start a 30 day squat challengeI had never heard of this but I googled it and discovered it is a 30 day challenge that increases the amount of squats each day. You start at 50 on day 1 and by the time you are on day 30, you are doing 250 squats in one day. I love squats. I build muscle extremely fast, genetics, so I can really see the difference and feel the difference in my legs and buttocks. Run a timed 5K to get a base time.Of all three, this one concerned me the most. I had not run a 5K in a very long time so I was worried. I always hovered around 54-56 minute 5Ks. I didn't want to time a 5K so soon after restarting C25K only to discover I am slower than before or not be able to finish. My new time was a pleasant surprise 43:15. I know, I know...I can't believe it myself but I took a picture just to prove it.
If you had told me a month ago that I would have had so many changes in the first few weeks, I probably would have not believed you. No, I know I would believe you. As a matter of fact, I probably would have contemplating dropping out for fear of failing. But I didn't quit. I just went one step at a time, one day at a time. And things just happened.
- Pace When I restarted C25K I was ecstatic that I ran my fastest mile at 15: 48. Years ago when I trained for my first 5K, my average pace was in the 17's and even 19's. Yesterday I broke my own 5K time by doing it 43:15 and my average pace for my total 4 miles was 14:12. By the way, the only reason I mention pace is not because I think I was going too slow before, but because it means I am improving. It means I am getting stronger. You guys know how I feel about pace.
- Distance: My first few runs in April were 2 miles or less. By mid May I was consistently doing 2 miles and as of last Saturday, I have increased my mileage to 4 miles. My plan is to increase my mileage for my during the week runs to 4 miles and 6 miles on the weekend.
- Strength: All I can say is that before this challenge, my legs just moved me forward. Now, I can actually feel my muscles working and I love it. There is a feeling of control or power...I haven't quite found the right word for it but all I know is that it is good.
- Community: My running group has grown by 14. We live hundreds, even thousands of miles, away from each other but this common goal is the thread that binds us together. We encourage eachother and hold each other accountable. On my own, I probably would have become bored the first week and moved on to a new challenge. I am here to stay.
We have been given our new challenges for June. I'll share more on those tomorrow. All I can say is that it is going to be hard....mentally. But in the meantime, check out the girls and how they viewed the first month. A link to their blogs is on the right.