Sunday, November 8, 2009

It's more important to stay on the path...

...than to get to the destination quickly.

I'm two weeks into my training in the Couch-to-5K program. Each week of training consists of three identical workouts (see here.) I'm working out on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Yesterday instead of walking/jogging around the neighborhood, as I usually do, I exited the subdivision and headed northeast, through another neighborhood, through some parking lots...and to Starbucks. The decaf iced peppermint mocha was a sweet reward for my workout! The Engineer and the kids drove to meet me there so I could ride home with them.

Yesterday's workout was hard, though. At the end of Week 1, I felt ready to start Week 2. It wasn't the same yesterday. I was challenged enough that I don't want to be more challenged on Monday. So I've decided to repeat Week 2.

I think it's far more important for me to continue consistently training, than for me to reach the end of the training in the allotted nine weeks. If it takes 10, or 12, or 14 weeks, that's fine...as long as I've kept with it! I'd far prefer to be getting consistent workouts (including repeating the difficult ones) than to get discouraged and quit. Getting in shape is the primary goal; it's okay if the secondary goal of being able to run three miles (without feeling like I'm dying) takes awhile.

I'm blogging briefly each day that I work out, as a way to keep track of it, and to share my progress. You can check that out here: C. Beth Run.

5 comments:

bARE-eYED sUN said...

ab right!

slow-n-steady is the key,
just keep doing what you're doing
you'll get where you want to get to.

good work.

:-)

..
.ero

Call Me Cate said...

I think it's good to feel challenged. But not to the point where you are frustrated and give up. If you think you're still challenged at week 2, stick with it for another day or so. Remember, you can always move forward to another "week" on a Wednesday if you're ready.

2 Toddlers and Me said...

Great job! It is tough staying committed to exercising, but it sounds like you are doing great and maybe even enjoying yourself a little. What a great role model you are for your kids. Keep it up!

2 Toddlers and Me said...

Great job! It is tough staying committed to exercising, but it sounds like you are doing great and maybe even enjoying yourself a little. What a great role model you are for your kids. Keep it up!

addhumorandfaith said...

Doesn't it feel wonderful AFTER you're done with the workout? I have to MAKE myself go to the gym, but I never feel better than when I'm leaving, knowing I've done it.

Keep up the regimen, however many weeks it takes, I know you have the stick-to-it-iveness to do it!