Well it is Monday already. It amazes me how quickly this last week has gone. Have you been working on the Couch to 5k Challenge this week? I've heard from a lot of people who are in various processes of starting it. I just want to say you all are AWESOME! Seriously. Whether you've made it through all of week one, just found time to buy your shoes, or even have been debating the program with fear those are all first steps. I KNOW, oh, how I know how scary this program is. The thing is though - it isn't the program itself that is so scary, it is the thought of actually changing.
I spent some time writing some freelance Sunday School lessons this week and one of the lessons that I wrote focused on the Israelites wandering in the Wilderness after they escaped from Egypt. Have you ever read this part of the Bible (Exodus 16-17). Here are the Israelites following Moses, they have been shown amazing miracles and plagues to escape Pharaoh. They saw the Red Sea part and they walked on dry land.
But instead of trusting what do the Israelites do? They whine. They complain. They dig in their heels. They say "We're Huuuungry, maybe we should have just stayed in Egypt. Harumph." In years past I've looked at this story and have thought they should just suck it up. I mean they KNOW they have support on their side and that they'll be ok.
This time around I realized something. There is fear in the unknown and sometimes it comes across in ways we don't intend. The Israelites didn't want to be slaves in Egypt but they had to leave and trust that there was something better intended for them. That is a hard leap to make. It is a hard leap for me to make too. I KNOW that this challenge will get me more active, healthier, happier, etc but it is still a hard jump to make. I know what it means to have fear holding you back and I know that sometimes the mental battles at the beginning of a challenge are harder than the physical ones down the road.
So how did you do this week? I hope you'll blog about it - about the success or the fears, the setbacks or the triumphs. We all need to the real life-ness of it all for us all to keep our own path in perspective.
Earlier in the week I was mortified. I have been so sick and I never did get out running. In fact it was a week where I did the bare minimum necessary to stay afloat. When I did get to the Dr. I found I have an ear infection and bronchitis. Now with an antibiotic and a new mandatory inhaler I'm on the mend, but I was so ashamed at the thought of coming here with a giant fail my first week out. I didn't run once, I didn't even walk. I didn't buy my shoes (though they are on hold) and I haven't downloaded the podcasts yet. But I'm not mortified any more. This was the reality of my last week and I can't change that. I can worry about it or look to the next week and decide what to do. I'm not giving up after one failed week. I hope you don't either.
So here are my goals for next week:
1. Buy those running shoes
2. Walk at least 3 times during the week - push lungs by jogging when able and work towards the C25K week one work outs.
3. Download podcasts.
4. Give myself a little more grace in the process.
I hope you had a much better week than me, but good week or bad I hope you will blog about it and link us here. We are best in our support of one another and I know that I am inspired by everyone who has said that they are taking this journey with me. Thank you, it means so very much to me.
(As always if you do blog add it to our McLinky here and try to comment on at least two of our other challenge member blogs, support will be the key to our success!)
Other Couch to 5k relevant posts from this blog: