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Ran More Than I Walked!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I've been dreading this week of the C25K program for a while now.

The plan I chose was "The Proven 13-Week Walk/Run Program" from "The Beginning Runner's Handbook" by Ian MacNeill. A friend suggested it, and I liked it because it really is a very slow ramp-up to running in the beginning, which my rather large, inactive booty needed for there even to be a remote possibility for success.

Case in point: Week 6 is the first week where you actually run more than you walk.

In Week 6, you "run 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes" 10-13 times, depending on the training day. I've been scared out of my mind about this week because even though each running segment is only :30 longer than Week 5's, there was something about the idea of running more than I walked that seemed really hard.

And it isn't just the extra running time -- I was also worried about the reduction in recovery time. I'm gasping like a fish most of the time I'm on the track, feeling like I need every second of not-running to make it through the running part. In Week 6, not only do you gain :30 of running each segment, you lose :30 of recovery time each segment.

My first attempt at Week 6 was Monday's unmitigated disaster on the treadmill (stupid rain)! I couldn't find my pace and I got really sweaty being inside and then I got bored just staring at the wall, so I quit a full 23 minutes before I was supposed to.

Happily, the rain moved out of town leaving this AM clear for me to hit the track!

I'm happy to say, that I totally survived Week 6, Day 2 this morning! I ran more than I walked AND my time jumped from a 19-minute mile to a (wait for it...) 15-minute mile! Holy smokes!

(Honestly, I really don't know how that happened and I suspect it may be due to miscounting a lap or maybe even two because the time improvement seems somewhat improbable, but for the time being, whatevs, I'll take it!)

So, yay! I did it! emoticon

Now I just gotta worry about the horror that is Week 10? 11? -- where you have to run 20 minutes, walk for, like, a minute and then run ANOTHER 20 minutes. And if I remember right, there's no ramp-up. You go from running 8 minutes at a time to the 20 minute mess. I dunno. Maybe once you can run 8 minutes straight, it's not that much of a stretch to run 20?

Either way, I'm happy today, and I'll worry about future weeks some other time!
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  • X5X52000
    2104 days ago
    You are incredible!

    "Maybe once you can run 8 minutes straight, it's not that much of a stretch to run 20?"

    I did get a big laugh from this, let's keep that winning attitude going!

    2105 days ago
    Way to go!! That is fantastic!
    2105 days ago
    That is awesome!! Congratulations!!
    2105 days ago
    That's awesome! When I did c25k I did not hesitate to repeat a week once or twice if I felt like I wasn't ready to progress to the next week.

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    2105 days ago
    There's nothing to be scared of! The worst that happens is mild discomfort.

    What will happen is that you will eventually get to the point where your lungs will adapt to running and you will enjoy it. You reach a tipping point, where it becomes easier and easier. Well, till 4 miles, and then it's hard again. The last mile or two of my runs is kind of hard, and I wish they would end. But I do get to that point later and later.

    I feel like a cheater at running because I run 5:30 and walk :30 on my long runs. And if you told me 4 years ago that I'd be running a 10K, I'd laugh at you.
    (And you told me I'd be running a 10K and my butt would be just as big as it was before, I wouldn't laugh at you --- I'd CRY! Waaahhhhh!!!!) It gets easier, believe me! And I do love my walk breaks. It really helps me get through the long runs feeling good - it allows the endorphins to pool up so I enjoy the happy run before I'm finished with it.

    Also, when I ran, instead of doing a walk-run program, I just ran. I ran a half mile and then added from there. I don't know, I guess it was easier for me to just bite the bullet and run for 12 minutes. I did it slow!

    You're doing great, Sexbobomb!!! Woooohoooo!!!
    2105 days ago
    You're on fire Mrs. Badass and I like it. It has been wonderful to see you from the beginning up til now. I know you are just saving the best up for later so I can't wait. You are freaking AMAZING right now, rain or no rain. They will engrave your name in that track, you keep this up! I see the flames from your booty cause you're smoking! WOOHOO! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2106 days ago
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