I didn’t want to write a bunch of bragging posts about my running advancement. Then I thought; ummm…do you really think it is bragging to say you are able to run now?
Since I made the Official Race Announcement I figured I could everyone updated on how I am doing.
First: running is hard.
Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but it is hard to maintain. I am not at that place yet, where skipping some days doesn’t affect me.
So here is how week 7 went:
Week six starts out with intervals and the third day you have to run for two miles or 22 minutes. With no walking (except the warm-up and cool-down). Then on week 7 you run for 2.5 miles or 25 minutes. Each day. No more intervals.
I run Sun, Mon, Wed & Thr. I completed the third day of week six on a Thurs. I timed it so I wouldn’t have to add three more running minutes to my time with out a break. So come Sunday I was ready to run for 25 minutes.
Since I don’t run 10 minute miles yet, I knew I wasn’t going to reach the 2.5 mile goal.
I was nervous about running 25 minutes and wasn’t sure I could do it. So I decided that I would run for at least 22 minutes before inserting a walking interval. So come the 22 minute mark and I was so close to the 2 mile mark. I told myself, just reach two miles then you can walk. Well after I went past two miles my app told me I had one minute left! I figured I could run for one more minute. And I did.
I ran the whole 25 minutes. No walking.
I did the same thing on Monday. And Wednesday. I just kept giving myself small goals that I knew I could do.
On Thursday I was supposed to start Week 8. Which is 28 minutes or 2.75 miles of running, with out walking intervals. But I had gotten this horrendous headache and knew I couldn’t do any running, and thought I would go on Friday. Turns out the headache stayed with me till Sunday.
I just knew adding those three minutes was going to be torture. I hadn’t run in four days and wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it. I went to the gym making my list of small goals.
Who do I see on the treadmill? An old coworker from my gym-rat days! (we used to work at a gym together) I haven’t seen him in over a dozen years!
While I ran we kept talking, which is a bit difficult for me as my lungs are not that in shape yet. But I was able to maintain fairly good speech. And you know what happened… I ran the whole 28 minutes with out even realizing I had done so.
OK, so that is not really true. I realized it. Boy oh boy was I aware of it. But I didn’t have to keep telling myself, only one more minute, or only 3/10 of a mile to go. I was distracted so I wasn’t focusing on the time or distance.
The second day of week 8 is another 28 min/2.75 mile, but the third day is 30 minutes or 3 miles. I don’t run a 10 min mile, I am more like 12 min miles.
But this pace allows me to run the whole time. Technically I should be able to run a 5K by Wednesday, but that is not really going to happen, but I will be running 30 minutes, and that is awesome.
C25K interval information can be found here