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Tale Of A Tired Jogger (Part 2)

Last month, I wrote a post titled “Tale of a Tired Jogger” which discussed my attempt to complete the Couch to 5K running program.  In case you missed it, the Couch to 5K program is a program that prepares you to go from sitting on the couch to running a 5k.  For those of you that are not metric fans, that’s over three miles!   It was a goal I set for myself and it seemed only fair to update you on the progress.

tired joggerI’ve just finished Week 6 of the 9 week program.  I know, I know – you are asking, “But Larry, you were in week 4 a month ago.  Whats up with that math?”   About a week after that post, I ended up hurting my calf and had to sit out a week or so.  But that is the great thing about goals- they don’t have to disappear – they can just be put on hold for a bit.

Today was the longest run yet – 25 minutes.  I was absolutely dreading it.  The first minute or two went great, but then all I could think about was the long, long road ahead.  Honestly, my brain was working overtime trying to think of a reason why I should cut the run short.  Finally,  after a block or two – it hit me.  I needed to take some of my NextGoal strategies and apply them to this goal.  Instead of looking at it as a 3 mile run, I started breaking it down into a series of smaller runs.  I figured if I could just get to the end of the next block, it would be an accomplishment.  Once I reached that corner, I would set a goal for the end of the next street.  It sounds crazy, but it actually worked.  Around the neighborhood I went – just trying to get to the end of the next street.

All of a sudden, I was rounding the corner of my street and the 25 minute timer went off.  I had somehow made it.  I was exhausted and my legs were screaming at me – but I made it.

It really was amazing how breaking the big goal down into smaller ones made it much more manageable.  I definitely could not have done it without the help of my fellow Next Goal team members and their numerous inspirational posts.   I was definitely stumbling more than leapfrogging, but I reached the goal anyways.

What about you?  Have you tried using any of the strategies that you have read about on our site?  If so, let us know about it!

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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

Comments

  1. Hi Larry,

    I just read your initial post and followed it up with this post. It’s really great that you accomplished your goal, I’m doing something similar with cycling rather than running.

    Is this the same thing that’s available as an app on iPhones etc, I think it plays music saved on your phone as you run and then times you too? Did you use an app whilst running?

  2. Ha,Ha,Ha… love the photo! I laughed out loud. Found you via a tweet. I can now say after one year, that I am ‘a runner’. I started with the c to 5k programme and got annoyed with the voice telling me to walk, when I still wanted to run so I ditched it and did my own thing. I must admit, I break my run down into small goals every time I run…. so I never look at the big picture. I use the time to focus on problem solving so most of the time I am not even aware of where I am and how far I have run. I must admit, on good days, when the endorphins kick in at the 10 minute mark, I feel invincible. Then I focus on my body and how good it feels to be running, to be free, to feel strong, to have burning lungs, filled deep with air….. it’s such a good feeling. Congratulations on making it this far… and not giving up after your injury. It’s hard work, it’s fierce… but it is so rewarding. A-M xx
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  3. Hi Larry,
    Indeed persistence and perseverance pays off, what the goal is. What I like the most is that feeling that you get when you’ve done something which you thought was unthinkable.

    I haven’t specifically set goals for running etc. But I do swim and I have a similar regime where I try to push myself more than my comfort levels.
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