Friday, May 11, 2012
Either my heart rate was just weird today, or my heart rate monitor is pooping out on me. Not only was 10 beats lower than my average, but I didn't stay within my range as long. So this is either a really good thing, or I need a new heart rate monitor.
I think everything was working right and so the fact that my heart rate was significantly lower means I am getting stronger and healthier (YAY!). Besides my feet going to sleep/becoming numb and my calfs hurting, the workout went well. And looking at my numbers, a little too well. This week was a 3/2 set up. Walking 3 minutes at 3.5mph, then 2 minutes at 3.0 mph. I kinda cheated at the end though, going 3.7 (woot woot) to get to 3 miles in 55 minutes (remember the first 5 minutes is my warm up) and then back to 3.5 for a total of 7 minutes. This also means I completed a 5k in 57 minutes. I also walked at 3.1, because 3.0 just seems so slow today.
Talk about coming back with a vengeance! Next week I am going to mix it up. Though I am suppose to be at 3.5 for 4 minutes and 1 minute at 3.0, I am just going to go at 3.5 for as long as I can. If I need a minute or two to slow down I can take it! I am recovering and progressing so much faster than I thought I would. And going at 3.7 mph didn't seem much harder than 3.5! That means going 4.0 isn't going to be as difficult as I feared.
I know that it seems I am going really slow, working up to something I was able to do no problem a couple of years ago, but I know this is the best way to get to running. I have tried and tried and tried multiple 5k plans. But I either give up, get stuck, or push myself to hard and hurt myself! I know by going slow and building up, little by little, I'll succeed. Heck I might be able to do a real 5k running plan. Being able to run for more than 2 minutes is something I haven't accomplished since childhood. As long as I get to that 5k, then I'll gladly take the steps slowly.
Just seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, or in my case, the 5k at the end of the walking, I get giddy. I'm so happy that I am able progress as fast and as easily as I am. I usually get upset that I can't go faster, longer, harder! I am coming to grips that I'll get there if I go slow and keep with it.
My goal was to be able to do a 5k by my 26th birthday, which is January 29th. This is providing I continue going slow and account for some set backs. But even at the current pace, a 5k may happen in September, which would be perfect! September is PCOS Awareness month, and it would be great to be able to run my first 5k race in Houston for PCOS!
I just hope I don't get another bone bruise or injury preventing me from doing so!
Yay me! I hope everyone is doing well and will have a great Mother's day weekend!