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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Well I've been doing c25k for a few weeks now. I've been really struggling with week 4, repeating it a few times. Thanks to a friend who gave me a firm kick up the bum to get back into gear I got onto the treadmill today.

I'm supposed to be able to run 2.4km in a maximum of 15:30. I did it in 15:17. I'm so pleased because that means that I'm now officially fit enough to pass the entrance test for basic training with the RAAF. Yay! I still have work to do, another 1:30 to knock off that time. But for now I'm happy with my small achievement :)

  
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ELISADEL 6/30/2010 4:04PM

    Don't be silly. That's not a small achievement. That's a big deal!

Congratulations on reaching the point where you can pass the fitness test!

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I FINALLY DID IT!!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I finally made it through a W4 day of c25k! Technically it's day 6 of Week 4 because I've had to repeat the week but I finished it lol.

I had to take a quick break after the first 5 minutes because my body decided it was a great time to *eh hem* interrupt with a body process. Anyway, had a SLIGHTLY longer than 90 second rest period because of that but got straight back on and ran for the next 3 minutes. Walked for the 2 & 1/2 minutes, ran for another 5 minutes (which nearly killed me, I was faint at the end!) walked for 90 seconds, ran for 90 seconds, rested for 30 seconds, and then ran for 30 seconds.

Sure, I had to have more breaks than I should. But I DID it. I got through those two 5 minute stretches and they're so killer it's terrible. Well, the last 5 minutes is what usually does it. But even though I was holding onto the stand of the treadmill I get all the way through it.
Saturday will be the real trial. Can I complete the whole thing with no breaks other than the scheduled ones? Man I hope so *chuckle*.

  
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STUNALEY 6/27/2010 11:04PM

  Congratulations!!!!

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ELISADEL 6/26/2010 10:58PM

    Congratulations! That's fantastic! Any progress counts. You're doing something you couldn't do before (and more than I can do btw! lol) and it'll just get easier over time

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LOOSEIT57 6/24/2010 3:03AM

    Well done you are doing a fantastic job.

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A failure that classes as a win?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I did c25k again today week 4. I'm going to have to repeat the week, there's no doubt about it. HOWEVER... I'm proud of myself. I was having trouble with week 4, failing dismally for the last two attempts and today I had somewhat of a win.

I decided that I'd do 5 minutes of running and then 3 minutes instead of 3 minutes and then 5. It worked! I didn't have to stop running in the 5 minutes (even though I was completely wrecked) and I'm so proud of myself for getting all the way through the first half without stopping. Unfortunately I DID have to stop after the first 3 minute stretch (halfway) because I had to go to the bathroom... How unfair is that? I was doing so well and then my body says "Hey, guess what... You gotta go NOW" lmao. Well, sorry if that was TMI for anyone but I suspect fellow runners will have a chuckle because they've experienced the same thing haha.

Anyway, I went and did what I had to do and then jumped straight back on the treadmill. I got through the next 3 minute run and then was at the point of exhaustion. I stopped for about 30 seconds and then ran for another 2 minutes because I just couldn't make it through the last 5. It sounds rather weak when I read it like that but the simple fact of the matter is that it's TWICE what I managed the last time so I'm rather chuffed. I feel like by the end of next week I'll be fit enough to go to week 5 and I'm rather relieved by that.

I'm feeling much fitter than I was, on Friday when I couldn't improve on the day before that I was almost in tears with anger and frustration. I suspect I'll be in tears of happiness when I DO manage to finish a full W4 day. I'm beginning to feel that I can achieve my goal. It's going to be tough and I may need to repeat weeks over and over but I WILL do it!

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STRAWBERRYGIRL9 6/19/2010 10:12PM

  Good job. I really like it when I can go further than I ever have before. That's great!

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LOOSEIT57 6/19/2010 10:07PM

    Keep it going as time goes by you will get stronger and do longer and longer. GREAT WORK. emoticon

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Failed again.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Yesterday I failed W4D1 of c25k... AGAIN. I'm so angry and disappointed in myself. I was almost crying with anger and had my hubby not been in the room I probably would have!
I know it happens to everyone at some point, and I knew that it would happen to me this time because I'm running so much faster than I used to. But it really rips me up when I don't achieve my goal because I feel like I'm failing myself.

If I slow down, I won't achieve the time that I need to for the Air Force. I might be able to keep going but I won't finish in the time that I need to and that means there's just no point doing it at all. So I have to keep struggling through and hope that by the end of next week I manage to break through this barrier I have and finish Week 4. I KNOW I can do it, I've done it before. I just don't remember having to repeat Week 4 at any stage. Maybe I'll have a look through my past blogs and see if I can find the last lot of that week and see if I had the same problem.

I'm doing better with my pushups but not so great with my situps. Seems most of my upper body builds strength rather easily but my core is stubborn and doesn't want to do it *chuckle*.

I'll be glad when it gets to sunday and I can have an entire day off from exercising. I want to enjoy it, I really do. But until I can get past this block and keep running for the time that I need to I'm going to dread each day. I'll dread it, but I'll still do it!
The only benefit from yesterday's run is that I managed to take another minute off my run time which means I'm only a minute away from the entry fitness that I need to be. Once I'm there, I only need to take off another minute and a half to be at the fitness required to pass basic training.

Only 2 & 1/2 minutes to take off... *sigh*. Lol.

  


Failed.

Monday, June 14, 2010

I attempted W4D1 of c25k today and failed. I had to rest for about 15 seconds in the first 5 minute run which was ok, but I only managed half of the last 3 minute run and I couldn't do the last 5 minute run at ALL. My lungs were exploding and I was gasping for breath after the first minute of the second 5 minute section. I'm extremely disappointed in myself.

I know I'll do better on Thursday and it's all about building up to it, but I feel like such a failure for not managing it. Nearly half an hour later my lungs are still burning. I'm pleased with the fact that I took nearly 2 minutes off my run time for a 2.4km run though. So even though I failed at c25k for today (which I will improve on my next run I'm sure) I'm a lot closer to my own personal fitness goal so I can't be TOO cranky with myself. Who knows, I might take another 30 seconds off it on Thursday and only be 2 and a half minutes off where I need to be.

I'll get there eventually :)

  
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JESSSPARK 6/14/2010 11:50PM

    Nothing wrong with repeating weeks- you are doing it! :)

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BROOKLYNROSE 6/14/2010 10:03PM

    You will get there eventually! It takes time and not giving up. Keep on working on it and soon you will be posting a blog about your victory! emoticon

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DHSPARK 6/14/2010 10:03PM

   
Keep going...it'll get easier.
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Deb

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