Today was the day in the Couch to 5K program that you jog for 20 minutes without rest. That is, you go from the previous training day where you did intervals of 8 minutes to 20 minutes straight. My mind said that there was no way I could do it. My body said maybe the mind is right this time.
I went out with the mindset that I was going to do it. I mean, it was like doing two 8 minute intervals with no rest and then a little more. I have a Garmin that I depend on for timing and such. I will admit I looked at it a lot. When I got to ten minutes done, my mind started to tell me that there was no shame in stopping now. I had gone longer than any other interval in the past few weeks. But my body finally kicked in and said "Hey, we got this." At 15 minutes done, my mind said "Come on, it's time to stop and just be happy with what you did." My body said, "Whatever. We got this."
At 18 minutes done, my mind finally said "We can't give up now. We can't say that we stopped two minutes short of the 20 minutes. We got this."
AND I did. I jogged for 20 minutes with no rest. I am not fast. In fact, I am sure people walk faster than I jog. But I am doing it. I am jogging more than I did a few short weeks ago. Don't tell anyone, but I kind of like it. I just need to realize that this is a race against myself and no one else. It's okay if I am slow as long as I am progressing.