It's 90% Mental
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
I am getting toward the end of the Couch to 5K training program that I have been working through. Last week was 12 minute running intervals followed by 3 minute walking intervals. I made it through those after working on it for 2 weeks. Yay for me! On Sunday, while I was in my hometown, I went to the park and ran the 5K route that is marked out on the roads that wind through the park and zoo. Counting my 5 minute warm-up walk and my two 3-minute walking intervals I did the course in 49 minutes. Better than my usual time at home but still pretty darn slow! I think it was a little faster on the 5K route because there were really no big hills. I have several decent-sized hills on my route at home and I think they slow me down - both going up and coming down.
Anyway, today was the transition to the 20 minute run interval on the podcast. I was scared to death to try and run that long without resting. Oh boy!!! I started out and even tried to run a little faster than I usually do, just to see if I could do the 20 minute and also improve my time a little. Probably not a great plan to try both on the same day but oh well... I survived the 20 minutes and didn't die!!! However, I did talk myself out of running the second 20-minute interval in favor of going home. What a wuss! The good news is that I did the 2 miles in 30 minutes which is a minute or two per mile faster than my usual pace. I have a feeling that I will be able to do the whole thing when I run again on Thursday. If I have learned anything through this running adventure it is that getting the job done is 90% mental. If I tell myself that I can do it, then I usually can. Even though my legs feel like 200 pound weights and my chest is about to burst from a lack of air, I just tell myself that I am strong over and over. That usually does the trick. Today my "self" wasn't listening so I went home early but that's OK. There's always another day!
If I can get through this week of 20 minute intervals then I will be able to progress on to run for 30 minutes straight very soon. As soon as I can do that then it will be time for me to sign up for a 5K race. There are several coming up in Tulsa that I have been looking at but haven't had the guts to sign up for yet. My goal is certainly to finish the race but ultimately I would really like to not come in last so I must improve my time. However... I KNOW I CAN DO IT! That is what counts. It's just a matter of when.
Only time will tell.
Peace to everyone and Happy Spring! It's a gorgeous day to be alive!