It was 2010 or maybe early 2011 the last time I found myself following the "Couch to 5k" learn-to-run-3-miles-in-9-weeks training plan. Heeeeeeeere we are again, having just come in from a rain-soaked Day 1. All my walking has not made my running any easier, and the many pounds I've gained since the last time running felt even remotely easy made me wonder if I was actually dragging bags of flour along with me with every step today. Bah! BAH! to how hard this is! BAH! to this monkey--or bag of flour--on my back! BAH! But no one is making me do this, and I have big goals, and God knows I am too stubborn to give up, so indeed, here we are again. The last time I used this training plan--and this is maybe the fourth time I've done it now (so ridiculous, but credit-to-self for persistence [Positive self-talk!])--I finished the second day of Week 5 and then stopped. I don't even remember why, but I stopped that close to the end. This time, with bigger goals in mind, I am beyond determined to finish this. Bag-o-flour, be gone! Day 2 will be Saturday, and I will finish Week 1 of 9 early Monday morning. Val, Val, Val.
This feta cheese heart crumble greeted me in my vegetable pasta lunch at work yesterday, and I will take it as encouragement for the journey.