C25K. Week 5 Day 1.

After my little weekend break, I was a tad anxious to see how Week 5 Day 1 would go. The schedule called for 3 5 minute long runs with walks in between. My husband encouraged me to get on the treadmill and I’m glad. 🙂

I started by vowing to my husband that I was planning to take it very slowly and just survive. Being honest, I had a lot of things on my mind and feeling pretty stressed. I also didn’t think I could do it. So, I started walking at 3.5 MPH and running at 4 MPH. One of my favorite Newsboys’s songs came on and really helped my frame of mind.

Million Pieces

They all fall
Like a million raindrops
Falling from a blue sky
Kissing your cares goodbye
They all fall
Like a million pieces
A tickertape parade high
And now you’re free to fly

Carryin’ a millstone malaise
It’s been pulling down your gaze
You pound the pavement
It don’t give or care
This weight ain’t yours to bear

Why you holdin’ grudges in old jars?
Why you wanna show off all your scars?
What’s it gonna take to lay a few burdens down?
It’s a beautiful sound

When they all fall
Like a million raindrops
Falling from a blue sky
Kissing your cares goodbye
They all fall
Like a million pieces
A ticker tape parade high
And now you’re free to fly

When that muffled sigh
Says you’re barely getting by
Cut your burdens loose and just simplify
Simplify

This is not your floor
You’re going higher than before
Drop the weight now
Wait for the lookout guide
Look outside

As they all fall
Like a million raindrops
Falling from a blue sky
Kissing your cares goodbye
They all fall
Like a million pieces
A ticker tape parade high
Now you’re free to fly

You’ve gotta lay that burden down
You’re gonna lay that burden down
It’s time to leave your burdens in a pyre
Set a bonfire

‘Cause when you lay your burdens down
When you lay your burdens down
When you drop them burdens
What a free-fall
What a thrill
Bury them all
In a landfill

I’ve found that I’m able to “cast my cares” on God a lot better when running. I know that sounds crazy but it’s true. I can’t do this without His strength. To be truthful, I can’t survive my days without Him. All the burdens I have right now have only one rightful place. Laid at His feet. He’s strong when I’m weak. He’s capable even when I’m doubtful. He’s all-powerful!

Once I started laying the weight of the mental stuff on Him, running was much easier… 4 MPH was not a challenge so I gradually raised the speed. I ran at 4.2 MPH for the majority of the time but, by the third 5 minute interval, I had increased the speed to 4.5 MPH. After a while, I increased my speed to 4.7 MPH and, finally, ran 2 minutes at 5 MPH. I finished strong and felt great. Legs and head felt great.

Posterity picture of treadmill screen:

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