Sunday, September 16, 2012
I'm in the middle of a 5k training program. I've never done a program like this before and I'm finding it frustrating, yet very, very helpful. Frustrating because I want to run like I've always ran, not the way it's telling me to. Right now I'm on the 4 minutes of running, 1 minute of walking. This is my 2nd week with this duration of running and I'm starting to really enjoy it and see where it is helping me out a lot. In the past I've always ran for as long as I could, hoping to finish whatever my goal was in a certain amount of time. I can honestly say, not too many times I walked away feeling like it was what I was hoping for.
Running the program's way has made me think about a lot of things that I normally didn't think about. Pacing myself, whether needing to slow it down, or push it harder for those few minutes. Really enjoying that 1 minute of rest is something that surprised me, because I truly only take the 1 minute and then I'm off again. My 5k time has improved dramatically just over a couple of weeks. Still not where I want it to be, but the improvement has been amazing to me.
The biggest thing that has made me appreciate this program is the old behavior/mindset I have that wants things "right.now." The last run I did was my fastest yet, but I found myself feeling a bit irked at myself for it not being faster. As I was sitting in the locker room thinking over my accomplishment, I thought of how this all works. It's one run at a time, one timing at a time. That it is steps I'm taking to work towards the best time I can get, which takes time. Then I thought about what would happen if I jumped from my present time to my dreamed of best time without being able to experience all of the "best" times in between. Why would I want to deprive myself of the journey and joys I get to experience along the way?
So today is my last 4 minutes on, 1 minute off run, then it changes to full 35 minute non-stop runs. We'll see how my timing goes and if all goes well it'll be my best yet