I have not run forever and yet when they announced the groups I almost chose the one I could have handled in high school (pre-hip pointer) which was run for 4 minutes/walk for 1 and repeat too many times for me. Realizing 4 minutes would really feel like 45 once I got out on the path I stayed put for the next group.
Seriously Lord...of all things...a turtle? Something known for being slow and You place it in front of me "running" back to the pond on the side of the road?
I got the message and began to run. Downhill.
Out of 300 runners I waited a second and locked arms with the two ladies I had passed at the very end and we walked in together saying next week we'll run farther.
Here I had prayed for God to help me....He directs me to this running clinic for beginning wanna be's and I whine the whole time. So he sent Mr. Turtle to let me know that being lazy will get me no where! I have to move if I want any results to show.
So, next week I will do better mentally and give more effort physically. I did run a lot of it, but I know that I could have done better. And next week when I pass the turtle he'll think I'm a rabbit because of how fast I'll be moving!
So next week my approach will be different:
Positive thoughts and jeans and a belt for my attire.
Hey, it worked for him as he had already stretched and was getting in his car as I was just crossing the finish line.
Thanks for your prayers.
Here is my "homework" until my next meeting next Wednesday. I'm going to do group two. Remember each week increases until at the end of the 8 weeks group 1 is running for 15 minutes and group 2 is running 3 miles. Oh Lord the thought of that...If you want to join me, just pick your group, get off the couch and let's do this thing!
#1: 30 second runners
Friday: Run 30 sec/Walk 30 sec x 20 min
Saturday: Run 1 min/Walk 1 min x 25 min.
Monday: Run 30 sec/Walk 30 sec x 20 min.
Wednesday: Run 30 sec/Walk 30 sec x 20 min.
#2 Two minute runners
Friday: Run 2 min/Walk 1 min (do this 8 times)
Saturday: Run 3 min/Walk 1 min (do this 8 times)
Monday: Run 2 min/Walk 1 min (do this 8 times)
Wednesday: Run 2 min/Walk 1 min (do this 8 times)
Here are some tips they shared with us:
An hour before running you should eat 200 calories~nothing heavy and drink lots of water throughout your day. They had cold orange slices and bananas for us afterward. Good shoes are important and they suggest buying them at a runner's store and after a run or at the end of the day and take the socks you'd wear with them.
C'MON NOW, IF A TURTLE CAN DO THIS SO CAN WE!