Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I promised after last week's blog entitled, "A Lesson in Positive Self-Talk" that I would keep you updated on my 5k training progress. Thanks for all of the great comments on my blog. I learned a lot from all of you. I mentioned how self-conscious I was with teenagers hanging around the track and all. Well, no more! I just concentrate on what I am doing, and I'm getting great workouts.
The first week I ran the training intervals 5 times; 3 being the minimum requirement. I am taking a rest between running days this week as recommended by the coach, but it is difficult because I am enjoying running so much that I want to do it everyday. I have learned though that listening to the coach's instruction is important because I feel better and run better after giving my body time to recover and rebuild muscle. I figure when I get in good shape and get my body accustomed to running, I will be able to do it more often.
The first week consisted of 25 minutes where I do a brisk walk for 3 minutes and then run for 2 minutes; repeating this 4 times with a 5 minute cool down. This week the intervals consist of 2.5 minutes of brisk walking followed by 2.5 minutes of running; repeating it 5 times for a good 40 minute workout with the cool down period. I am surprised by without even trying that I am running faster, am less winded, and can recover between running intervals almost completely. Day 2 this week was especially easy. I am loving it. I even woke up at 4:00am this morning because I couldnt wait to get out there! Since school has started I have to get to the track extra early anyways........Both mornings I have watched the sunrise. So calming, not to mention gorgeous too!
I had an especially bad day on Tuesday and after I ran this morning, I felt the frustrations melt away and the heaviness on my heart lightened too.
Tomorrow I will work on strength training and will do Day 3 of week 2 on Friday. Can't wait!