I have been avoiding running for the past week, mainly because week 3 of the program scared the crap out of me the first time I tried it. It was so intense I could only finnish half, then retreated whimpering to the stretching area. That was last Monday. On Wednesday I was still so sore from Monday I reverted to my week 2 schedule, then went home sure I was not cut out for this whole thing.
Fast forward to today, my 31st birthday (yes, I am aware I am a fool, and you will be as well as this story continues). I told myself I would kick the shit out of that workout in order to start my new year off right. The night before my workout I decided to double check my program and noticed the pages were out of order. I had not tried the week 3 workout as scheduled, but had rocketed forward to week 5. Although I felt like a total moron, I also felt better because I then looked at week 3, and week 3 was totally doable. So this morning, to celebrate my birthday I ran, and while the first half was way more difficult then the second, I completed my workout. My last thought as I got off the treadmill was "maybe I am strong enough to do this." Strong enough, for sure! Smart enough? That's debatable.