Friday, September 30, 2011
Week 5, day 1 of the 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program is now complete.
Three things I have learned while attempting to move beyond being a walker and become a walker/jogger:
1) 5K is a long way.
2) 3 minutes is a long time.
3) You can do more than you think you can
Item 3 is because I have read with great admiration the posts of those on the team who post that they jogged for six minutes thinking, 'Wow! I could *never* do that.' Well today something happened to my interval timer and it got stuck with about 20 seconds left on my jogging interval. I thought I was running for a very long time, but that brings me back to item 2: I *always* think I'm running for a very long time. AND and I have been *sure* that my interval timer was stuck before, when of course it was running perfectly well. So this time, I just kept happily running (OK, I was sucking air, but I was running). It wasn't until I reached a traffic light and had to stop that I checked the timer, and sure enough - it was frozen.
I have no idea how long I actually ran, but it was longer than the three minutes I took to be my max. I finished out the rest of my 5K going back to my prescribed 3 minutes of walking followed by 3 minutes of running, but now I know: I can do more than I think I can.