Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Let me just start this entry by saying that today we hit a record HIGH. It reached somewhere around 78... for March 14th in WI, that is wonderful! I got to dig out my capri workout pants and didn't have to worry about a jacket, hat, gloves,etc. My girlfriend and I were both excited and nervous about this first night of "running". We met up with about 80+ others (yes, this is a big group!!) and after some name games and warm ups, we broke off into our groups. There is the "running" group, the "walking" group & the "run/walkers". With some hesitation, I signed up for the run/walk group.
The whistle blew and we were off and running. I was a bit surprised to hear that whistle blow again and we were back to walking. Was that really 1.5 minutes???? I high-fived my friend with pure excitement. I never thought I could run 1.5 minutes straight! (that's further than the 'run to the 3rd mailbox goal' I have given myself on my walks) so we walked for 3 minutes and the whistle blew again... back to running. The intervals were great... running/walking in the group made it much more fun too. However when that dang whistle blew for that 4th running segment, I was dreading it. I found myself ready to walk sooner than the interval watch was saying. However, as I slowed and started walking, within seconds the running time was up. 4 times with those intervals tonight.
While walking back to our starting point I was thinking that tonight was ENOUGH.... I don't think I could push myself further. I was contemplating talking to one of the coaches about going into the walking group. (which by the way, they end up running 3 min -2 min intervals by the end of the 12 weeks) I was thinking that was more "my speed". After our group stretches, we ventured inside for chocolate milk and listen to the "good form running" seminar. I have to say, I left there knowing I need to push myself and understand that I am TRAINING. I won't be so out of breath as the weeks continue... there is so much more to running to work on.... it's not just about putting my feet forward and moving. I look forward to practicing my running and making my body work efficiently.