Well, I did it.  I completed my first week of training for the October 5k: 3 so-called runs.  (At this point of the Couch to 5K program, the workouts alternate running and walking).

Excerpts from my daily log:

Day 1:  Hard when treadmill failed.  Went outside.  Kept going through frustration about change – it wasn’t what I planned.  Was scared I’d trip.  No music.  Faced the silence boldly.  Wet towel from Aidan midway helped when I started to feel overheated.

Day 2: Outside again.  Listened to Legally Blonde soundtrack.  Same route.  Didn’t dread it.  Being outside, even on busy streets, helps me mentally.  

Day 3: Was slow today, because I’ve had an exhausting week and woke for the day at 4:30 AM.  Also had very sore left calf.  Humid today.  Determination and Glee cast recordings got me through.

Admist all this running and logging, I’m looking for one solid takeaway per week. Nothing earth shattering or ground breaking.  Just one tidbit that you and I can use as reminders for ourselves as we pursue our major goals.

This week’s tidbit: as you pursue your plan, stay flexible.  Before I started training, I visualized myself running on my treadmill.  The treadmill is convenient.  It’s inside my house. It’s in air conditioning.  Sounded perfect.  As soon as I stepped on it, however, the power went out.  I’d forgotten that circuit can’t handle the treadmill and air conditioning simultaneously. So I switched to running outdoors.  And you know what?  Once I got over the fact that I didn’t plan it to go down that way, I liked it.

Here’s my video report:

Where could staying flexible help you over a hurdle this week?