On Saturday morning, we had a small group of runners show up for Week 5, Day 3 of the Couch to 5K program to run together. Week 5, Day 3 is a milestone as it’s the first time in the program that you run non-stop. 20 minutes of running non-stop is huge for someone that 5 weeks ago didn’t run at all.
There were five us that got up early on that Saturday morning. Based on ability, we split up into two groups. I was paired with Kara and Ricardo. This was Kara’s first time to run 20 minutes. I consider it an honor to be a part of Kara’s first 20 minute run.
Here’s a run down of the 20 minute run…
The run was to start at 9am, but we waited to make sure that everyone was there. While waiting, Kara, said, "Now that I’m waiting, I don’t want to do this.” I told her that we were already at that the point of no return as we were already here to run.
We started with our 5 minute walk and then got into the 20 minute run.
I told Kara that we were going to run at her pace. I made sure that she knew that running should be at a comfortable pace where you can carry on a conversation. However, I think I did most of the talking.
I kept checking with her on how well she was doing with her running. She was doing very well up to 10 minutes. A bit after 10 minutes, she was feeling it.
14 minutes into the run, she told me that she didn’t want to run anymore. I can tell that she was laboring a bit as we were getting more into the run. I kept encouraging her with the following:
- We’ve only got 5 minutes left. You gave me 5 minutes earlier.
- 4 minutes left. You got this! Ease up a little bit off the pace.
- 3 minutes – 30 seconds. Here comes a downhill. You’ve got to love downhills.
- 3 minutes left. Just think, you’ll get to tell everyone that you did this!
- 2 minutes left. We’re 90% there, you cannot leave 10% out there.
- 1 minute left. Only 1 tiny minute left. You surely have 1 minute left in ya.
- 30 seconds left! Just to that tree. You can run to that tree.
- FINISHED! You did it! You turned a “I don’t want to do this” into a “I did it!”
We did our 5 minute cool down walk and basked in the glory of her accomplishment.
It was so rewarding to be a part of Kara’s triumph over the 20 minute running milestone. This is what it’s all about… turning “I don’t want to” into “I did it!”