You Just Put One Foot In Front of the Other

August 26th, 2009

Well, I won’t pretend that was anything other than a long, damp slog. It’s raining out there, my left hip is sore, and my energy levels weren’t fantastic.

But I feel quite a sense of accomplishment now, I’ve got to say. Today was the final run of Week 5 in the C25K. It’s the first day with a single, uninterrupted run, of twenty minutes.

And I did it. I was really flagging towards the end, but luckily I was close enough to the end when my energy ran out that sheer bloody-mindedness saw me through.

That, and a fine playlist, this time generated by the iTunes Genius, rather than Tangerine, based on PJ Harvey’s fantastic modern lovesong, This is Love, and passing through such classics as Sorted for E’s & Wizz, Ever Fallen in Love and Placebo’s Nancy Boy. This was fab running fodder, and I’m going to dig it out again the next time I feel like I really need something to keep me putting one foot in front of the other.

Anyway. I’d best go have a shower. With a big smile on my face. Today, it seems, the satisfaction has more been about the destination than about the getting there, but that seems to change from run to run, so who knows what next time will bring?

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  1. Arline
    August 27th, 2009 at 12:41 | #1

    All right! You’re most of the way there then, fantastic!

    Apart from the runs themselves and how they feel before/during, are you feeling any different otherwise? More or less energy, or just sore?

    Going to try to get back into walking lots first, then back to my run for 45 seconds podcast… it’s really too hot here at the moment, but it’s got to run out of summer sometime!

  2. August 27th, 2009 at 13:20 | #2

    Outside the runs, I’m not sure. Although I’ve not lost any weight, I think I’m looking different in some way — maybe just happier!

    I know what you mean about the heat — I’ve run on a couple of unusually hot days so far, and it’s not been pleasant. Still, this being England there won’t be too many of those 🙂

  3. August 27th, 2009 at 17:12 | #3

    DUDE! Awesome, I’m really glad you made it 🙂 I kind of had my fingers crossed for you. It’s pretty brilliant, isn’t it? For me, I so didn’t think I’d manage the 20 minutes, and when I did, … well, I just feel like now I’m going to be fine. Sure, the next long one is 25 minutes, but once you’ve done 20, another 5 isn’t much.

    🙂 Well done Matt. I’m very happy for you.

    I’m actually _wanting_ to run now. I’m get a little frustrated if I don’t have time to go when I want, or even if Get Running’s telling me I should rest for a day! Have a run due this evening though, which will be lovely 🙂

  4. August 27th, 2009 at 17:13 | #4

    @Arline

    Use my app, Arline. It’s only 140 quid, and comes with a free iPod Touch! 🙂

  5. August 27th, 2009 at 21:06 | #5

    @Benjohn

    Yeah, there’s not been a step on the C25K that’s been too much of a reach, so far. It’s pretty well-designed, isn’t it? You always think, “well, I _nearly_ did this last time, so it can’t be too hard…”

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