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C25K April 5

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Wow... I had a lot of these...

Afternoon run..
With my day off I decided that I didn't have to run first thing in the morning and that I could run somewhere I haven't run before. I decided on Palmer Park. The plan was to take Allie to breakfast, take her to day camp then go for a run.
This morning dawned with a stuffy nose and sore throat. I took Allie to breakfast, then to day camp and then stopped by the grocery store, went home, unloaded the groceries and then took a nap.
I did some running around in the afternoon and realized that if I was going to get a run in, I needed to do it "now." Got my stuff together and then headed out to Palmer Park.
It was a little brisk to start, but the sun was shining and the walk part was only 5 minutes. I could brave it out. The trail wasn't too busy. People on it, but it wasn't packed. The schedule was 9 min. run, 2 min, walk, 5 min run, 2 min walk, 2 min run. Put the phone in my pocket and off I went.
The 9 minute run was hard. I had a couple of stitches in my side, but the breathing helped that. There were a couple of times that I almost stopped. I still am not sure if not looking at the timer helped or hurt me, but just about when I thought I couldn't go on any more and took some deep exhales and inhales to steel myself for more, I got the "Walk" command. So I did. The walk seemed extraordinarily short and the 5 minute run felt extraordinarily long. Again, I was about to stop, did some deep exhales, was ready to go again and I got, "Walk." The final 2 minute run was very short. I actually kept going for a bit when I got the "cool down" command.
i still have a stuffy nose. My throat is still sore. Not sure what that means. I'm hoping it's a passing fluke, but I'm thinking I might be getting a cold. Going to do my best not to de-rail my training. Although, I don't have any set schedule, so it's not like I can get behind. I'm just running for the sake of running at this point. Because it's... fun?
My next run is supposed to be two 9 min runs and a 3 min walk between. A couple of weeks ago I would have thought I wouldn't make it, but I think the 2 minute walk between the 5 and 2 minute runs actually hurt me today. It was really hard to start up that final 2 minutes and yet at the end of the 5 I was ready to keep going.


C25K April 3

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Morning run...
The app I have is switching things up with each run now. Slated today for 6 min run, 1 min walk, 4 min run, 6 min walk. (5 min warm up and cool down walks as usual.)
Debated the outside/inside on the track thing. Settled for outside. The sun was getting ready to come up so I was hoping for a pretty sunrise. Switched up my route and headed out. Decided to try putting my phone in my pocket and not watching the countdown for a change.

I hit my first run and took off. Had to pull back to make sure I could make it through the whole thing. I think this is the first time that I have run and thought to myself, "Dear Lord, Girl. Slow down!" I finally pulled back to a comfortable pace and settled in for the 6 minutes. Six minutes later and I was disappointed to hear the word "walk." I jogged a few more steps and started walking. Shortest minute ever. I was off for the 4 minutes in no time and glad to be there. 1 min walk. And I was anxious to get to my final 6 minutes. Which I did successfully. I am astounded at how I felt and how my body reacted. At the end of each run, I was disappointed for the walk and felt I could have kept going.

And then I hit the cool down and the pain hit. It wasn't bad at first. More annoying than anything. It started at the inside base of my ankle and flowed upward to my knee. I had that pain once before when I got my new shoes. I'm thinking that wearing shoes with no support when I'm not running is causing issues. I hobbled my way home and fell into the house to be embraced and tackled by two of the best kids ever.

I'm looking forward to my run on Thursday where I *get* to run for 9 whole minutes. I can't believe I'm looking forward to running for 9 minutes. Next week is my first 20 minute run. Last week I would have thought I'd never be ready. Now I'm thinking "Bring it on!"

I've started looking for a race to run.


C25K April 1

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Wasn't sure about my run this morning. It was chilly. I still have no cool weather clothes, but the Y doesn't open until 9 on Sundays and I wanted to get my run in early as I had things to do. I do have some long sleeved cotton t-shirts that and decided to risk it. Got my apps and music ready and headed out the door. My warm up walk was a lot more brisk than in the past. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact that I was cold. I was thinking a jacket and some gloves would have been nice, but kept walking anyway.

Today's recipe called for 5 minutes of running, 2 minutes of walking, 4 minutes of running, 2 minutes of walking and repeat both intervals. I was still debating whether or not I wanted to be outside when I hit the first "Run." So I ran. About 30 seconds in I realized that I need to buy new underpants. They were creeping up uncomfortably. About 60 seconds in I realized that for some reason my bra was creeping northward and the girls were running their own race. I pulled everything back to where they belonged and kept going. I had to readjust the girls several more times in that first half of my run. About this point I lamented about how lucky guys are that they don't have to worry about these things. Then thought about the uncomfortable things that might happen to their body parts and was grateful to just have to deal with bouncy-bouncy.

So I was cold, uncomfortable and questioning my sanity when I hit my first walk. I figured I might as well keep going. Besides, I was having.. fun? It's quiet in the park still. I'm sure that will change. I saw a few people fishing, some squirrels, goose poop, and the robins and black-capped chickadees were out in force. I also became very glad that I HADN'T put on a jacket or worn gloves.

I'm not really sure how many laps around the park I went. After a few adjustments the girls stayed where they were supposed to be. My underpants, well, I'll be buying some new stuff soon. Disadvantage of getting smaller, I guess. Not that I'm complaining. One thing that I did notice is that when I hit the "walk" I thought, "I could keep going."

My cool down walk home was nice. So nice in fact that I paid no attention to my route and ended up taking a longer way home. The last few blocks I had two options, a longer flatter route or a shorter route up a fairly substantial hill. I chose the hill. That's a first.

And then there was a shower.


C25K March 29

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Continuing adding my facebook updates...

So, my run this morning...
I don't have any cool weather clothes, so I decided to hit the track at the Y again. I was still working on a headache from yesterday and I was exhausted. I really didn't want to be there. I wanted to be outside. I was at about 10% motivation, but I went.
The first five minutes is a walking warm up. There were 2 other people on the track. One was an older guy going at a pretty quick walking pace. He passed me on the first lap. In the back of my mind I competitively thought "Just give me 5 minutes..." I hit my first 4 minute run and started out at a slow jog, as I lapped OG he hollered at me, "SHOWOFF!" I laughed. My second time past him I shouted back, "A month ago I couldn't do this." OG: "OK. I'm impressed." From then on every running lap I passed him he shouted words of encouragement. When I had about 1 minute left in my 6 minute run, he was stretching by the door. "You're doing great. Keep it up." and he was gone. It was a little lonelier, but the echos of a complete stranger and his words of encouragement helped push my along the bleak gray and white that is the track.


C25K The Beginning.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

I've been posting Couch to 5K updates on my facebook account. I've generated a lot of interest among my friends and decided to share them here. I'm digging backwards through my time line and seeing what I did. I'll try to get them posted up here.

My first entry for C25K is January 24. Just a check in from foursquare... And then I started over with a new app in February. A couple of check ins in March complaining about how hot it was. Then posts about it being too cold and not having warm weather clothes. I know. Kind of boring now. I promise it will get interesting right about

March 25...

This morning I did Couch to 5K week 4. I have attempted C25K a couple of times in the past. This was the week that always did me in. I would get here and the entire run portion I would think, "Why the heck am I doing this? I HATE running. I've never been a runner. Why do I want to pretend I like it now?" And then I'd stop. I could never figure out why people LIKED to feel the way that I did when I ran. I felt like I was suffocating and hyperventilating at the same time. I was hot. I was red. I hated it.

Flash forward to this morning... I headed out on my run. I didn't look at what I was supposed to do. I just set my C25K app to "go" and started with the 5 minute walk. My plan was to walk to the local park (a half mile away), lap the parking lot a couple of times and then walk back. I got through the warm up and heard "RUN", so I ran. I looked at the app and saw 4 minutes, thought "Oh. S***." And ran (I ran so far away...) I was wondering how far around the lot I would lap before the 4 minutes were up and started to get that suffocating feeling again. So I exhaled. And exhaled. And exhaled some more. Then took a nice deep breath. And did it again. And I was all set to continue running for however much of my 4 minutes was up. I set my stride and heard, "WALK." My first thought was, "That's it? That was easy." And I walked for 2 minutes. Took a couple of super deep breaths right before, "RUN," and started running. Then I looked at my app. 6 minutes. "FUUUU!" I thought. "I'll never make 6 minutes." But I went anyway. Set my pace. And ran. At some point I heard a beep. I wasn't sure what it was and a little while later looked at my app. 2 min 11 secs to go in this set. Cleansing breaths... Running... Cleansing breaths... Running... Look at my app. 2 mins. 11 secs. to go. FUUUUUU! The beep was the app pausing. Fast forward to walk and I walked. I have no idea how long I had been running. I'm hoping it was 6 minutes. Could have been less. Could have been more. Walked for 2 minutes. And did my final 4 minute run. My previous runs on this route, I hit the end of my cool down a couple of blocks from home. This time, I had to walk past my house and up the hill, then come back down before my time was up.

And I felt good. No. I felt great. It was wonderful pushing my body further than I had before. If you had told me a year ago at the beginning of my year long adventure with Team Willness that today, I would do day 1 of week 4 of C25K and enjoy it, I would have chuckled and said, "not hardly." This has been a long year. Through ups and downs. Good workouts. Illness. Injury. Good eating. Bad eating. I highly doubt I could have gotten this far without the help of all of my Will-ness peeps. I didn't get to as many meetings as I would have liked, but I knew that I had their support. I also learned a lot about myself this year. Like that my body lies to me and tells me that it can't do something, when all I need to do is push myself a little farther and learn I can do it. That I'm stronger than I think I am. Physically, Emotionally, Mentally. That I LIKE pushing myself farther than I think I can. That I'm going to get through C25K. That I LIKE running...


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