I don't think I have ever given anything in my life so much effort and committment. Between the weight loss and the running, I think this is the most physically difficult thing I have ever done in my twenty-five years of life.
But that's what makes it so rewarding.
Week 5, Day 1 Group: Kira, Janet, Jill, Me, Kelly, Rigel, Natalie, Victoria, Mike (behind Victoria), Laurie, Harsha, and Gail
The meetup group has started to split into two groups. There's the faster group and the slower group. I'm a member of the slower group. Yesterday's workout was 16 minutes of running total (5, 6, 5 minute runs).
We did it!
I was so proud of myself and Victoria. We have come a long way. I couldn't make it after the first two 60 second runs on the first day. One of the meetup organizers, Joe, stayed with us and helped us out. He told us not to talk and he just coached us through. He was really great. He reminded us to slow down when our breath started to get too uneven, relax our shoulders, keep good posture. It really did help. I know we were going slow, but we completed it and that feels awesome.
After each running set Victoria and I just looked at each other with the biggest smiles on our faces (since we weren't allowed to talk).
Today I'm definitely paying for yesterday. My left hip is so sore and keeps popping when I walk. I need this to recover before tomorrow's group!