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C25K April 17

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

My morning run.
How to describe...
I missed last weeks run due to a cold turned sinus infection. I was mad at the time because I was REALLY looking forward to my Easter run of my first 2 9 minute runs in 1 session.
I was lying in bed this morning trying to decide if I wanted to do Week 5 over again or just dive in to week 6. Not to mention the weather. It was 32 degrees so I kind of figured I'd run inside. I hemmed and hawed about the run. At one point I thought, "Well, I could try week 6 and if I can't do it. I'll walk... Wait... Um. No... If I'm doing this... I'm going all the way... Wait... Um... What do you mean 'if'... You're doing this!"
And I ran. Boy, did I run.
There wasn't a lot to it as far as "observing" things. It was a track. I ran in circles. I need a new music playlist. 80's music is great to walk through, but it's hard getting up to speed to Depeche Mode and Berlin. (Yes, I was *that* 80's girl.) At one point there were a couple of other people on the track. I never once had to do the "deep breathing" technique. I never once thought "I'm not going to make it." For my Group Power Friends, I had elbow sweat. I bought running pants a couple of weeks ago. They were... slippery... I had no pain in my shins. At the end of both of the 9 minutes segments I thought, "Oh... OK then. I guess I'll walk now." Even though I *really* didn't want to.
So, yes, I have reached the point at which I think to myself, "I don't believe I didn't think I could run for 6 minutes."
I'm also in a little bit of awe that people are actually being inspired by my little experiment in running. Not to mention a little bit of awe that I'm actually doing it and enjoying it. I'm not the fastest. I'm not the best. But I'm doing it. I'm trying to figure out how I got here and I honestly don't know. This wasn't my goal. My goal was to increase my activity. It has bloomed into so much more. So much I could have never imagined. Not in my wildest dreams.
The whiskey is starting to kick in, so I'll end now before this turns into a giant "emmy-like" speech. Just a quick thank you to all of you that have provided me support and encouragement along the journey.


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.


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