Tuesday, August 31, 2010
August 29, 2010
So, last week I blogged about my big step. I finally started running again following a loooong hiatus. I joined the C25K team. I set a goal to run 10K in the Manitoba Marathon in June 2011. I told BARBIETEC I would run with her in the Icelandic Marathon 10K in August 2011. I committed to buying an expensive bra to facilitate the whole process. I put it all in my blog.
And then, I ran (well shuffled). I did W1D1 and survived. My only real difficulty was transferring the C25K podcast to my Ipod. In the end I counted in my head and noted my start and stop time on my watch. Not terribly accurate but hey, it was that or donít run.
W1D2 was pretty easy too but I was still counting in my head.
W1D3, I started slow but all of a sudden I had rhythm. I wasn't just shuffling along, I actually ran. (still counting) There was a brief (very brief) period of flight in there where neither of my feet were touching the ground! Who knew? I have been pretty active but I really wasn't aware just how good my cardio has become in the last 6 months. I should point out that I do live on the Canadian prairies and there can be no flatter place on earth. Iíd have to drive 4 hours to get to a significant hill. This may be a contributing factor in my success.
Then came W2D1. Did I have 90 seconds of uninterrupted running in me? Could I keep it up through all the intervals? Turns outÖ. YES! I CAN! I felt GOOD!
Then the doubting started. I started thinking maybe my counting was waaay off. Perhaps my inner clock is not as accurate as I thought. Maybe I didn't really do as well a I thought. So I pulled up itunes, played W2D1 and counted along during the intervals. Turns out I was right my counting was off. On average my intervals were 20 seconds longer! I was running closer to 110 second intervals. WooHoo!
So it looks like I might do this. Strike the might, I will do this. Running in the Manitoba Marathon will be unavoidable. If I run with the Marathon Club at school the kids will not let me back out. Persistent, annoying, relentlessly nagging middle schoolers are good at making you follow through. All I have to do to ensure that I must run is tell them I will. The only way they'll maybe let me out of it is if I break my leg! As for the Icelandic Marathon, BARBIETEC wonít hurt me if I donít go. Sheís too far away! But I really want to go back to Iceland. I really want to run in that race. I will run in that race.
Hereís where the money part comes in. Man do I need to start saving my cash. Iím opening a new account when school starts. As an added incentive to stick with it I think maybe I'll start paying myself by the mile (no wait by the km will go faster) and bank it. I donít want to pay for pounds lost. Thatís way too risky. At the rate Iím losing I wonít save enough to get around the block. Iím wide open for saving suggestions. Anyone have an idea to share or a story to tell about what worked for them?
For all my C25K team members out thereÖÖ have you considered a vacation in beautiful, exotic Iceland? Have you ever wanted to run in an international race? Would you like to join fellow Sparkers (we could make T-shirts) and spread the Spark? There are cheap (relatively) direct weekly flights out of Winnipeg during the summer months. Think about it. It would be a blast!
Oh yeah. I still have to buy the bra!