It's been a while since I have updated this with my running. It's been a couple of weeks with a cold thrown in the midst of it. This WI weather is crazy. Our first few weeks of the NOBO running class were HOT and now this morning I went out to frost on the ground! No wonder why everyone has been sick!
I missed one Wed. night because of the cold I had, but still tried to keep up with the training schedule. I am finding that it is hard to get out and do walk/runs on my own just because of my schedule. My daughter is playing high school fast pitch softball, so I am at her games on Tues. and Thurs nights. I find that if I don't get out to walk or do some kind of cross training between the Wed. night class and Sat morning class, I am out of sync.....
Which brings me to my latest realization.... RUNNING IS A MENTAL ACTIVITY. I really didn't come to that conclusion till last night. It is mind over matter! As I am now officially half way through my 12 week program, I am really being challenged by the upped intervals. This past Wed. night I had the worst run ever! I had a bad attitude and was dreading the now 3.5 min run/1 min walk X 6 intervals run/walk I had facing me that night. I have to admit... I whined! I complained and guess what? Everything hurt that night... shins, knees and hips hurt. When I slowed to a walk it still hurt... but I persevered and got through it. After that night and then looking ahead at the training schedule I was certain that I was going to go walk group. The walk group has different intervals of walk/ fast walk & running shorter times. I know I can do that and figured I could still be challenged by that group too. So, as I planned it out in my mind, this Saturday (today) I was going to switch groups and finish off a walker.
Friday evening I had a talk with my friend (Cathy) that is doing this class with me. She is loving it and seems to be running faster and with less trouble than I. While we talked, we agreed that it is mind over matter, she cheered me on and FILLED my "half empty glass" attitude to being half full again. Shortly after we talked, I went out for my little 1.46 mile neighborhood jaunt. No intervals reminding me to run or walk, I just did what my body told me to do. I was happy to have arrived back home in 22 minutes and realized that I ran quite a bit more than I was expecting to. Why??? Cuz I heard the words of Cathy say "I am not going to let this running defeat me!" I saw myself a runner... I was half FULL and had a positive attitude.
Today was soooo much better.... It was a frosty, chilly morning with the NOBO friends that I have been making. I knew we were out to run the same times (3.5 run/ 1 walk) but we were up to 7 intervals today. Some how with my more positive attitude, I DID IT! I will say, I walked a bit of the run time but for the most part, I DID IT!
So, it's not just the breathing that I was worried about, it's not just the legs (and pain) I was worried about.... as I become a runner, I am learning it is all about my attitude... and that positive attitude is going to make running & many things in life easier to tolerate too.
On another note.... the confidence that is being built out of this has encouraged me to take on another new "sport". I have signed up to play Women s Softball in the rec league in town. I am so looking forward to playing again and being part of this team. Oh... yeah... and the One Tough Cookie mud run in Sept.... I decided to participate in that too with some friends. Now really, what was I thinking........ : )