Last summer I did participate in the Couch to 5K program except that our coach also offered a 5K to 10K program. The race we’ve traditionally run at the end of the program offers a 5K or a 10K option, so it was an easy addition to the program. I registered for the 10K program.
I ran more miles last summer than ever before, but I made a huge mistake. The school year before had been stressful and difficult, so I really felt like I just needed to rest and relax. So, I decided to relax and have fun with my running. Instead of listening to a metronome to keep my pace on track, I toyed with listening to music. I tried different genres and different tempos, but never found a tempo to keep my pace where it should be. I know a lot of people listen to music or podcasts while running. It just doesn’t work for me.
I naturally want to run slow and with a long stride, so that’s what happened. My stride got longer and I got slower which makes for more work on the body. By the time I realized this, it was so late in the program that I decided to not try to correct it at that time.
I did complete the program and ran my first 10K! It was a great feeling of accomplishment. Cinderella participated in the Couch to 5K program for the first time and did a great job as well. By this time, I was the heaviest I had been for a few years.
I’ve learned that relaxation can come in the form of self-care. That has been my focus in 2019, which is why I’ve shared with you some of the new things I’ve been doing this year–like journaling and Bright Line Eating. Little things like this add up quickly and can give us the energy we need to do other things well.
If you’re feeling tired, exhausted, discouraged, or burned out, I encourage you to find some things that you can do regularly to take care of yourself. Think of it as maintenance just like you would maintain your car to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. Filling it up with gas, keeping the oil changed, keeping the tires aired up, giving it a wash and wax every now and then are all important in keeping your car running smoothly so it will perform the way you want it to. We must do the same for ourselves, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28