Made it through Week 4, #1
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Whoo hoo! Made it through the first no walking intervals session on the 5k Your Way Training Program!
And you know what? It wasn't nearly so hard as I expected! I really thought that going from a minute of walking after 4 running to doing a full 35 minutes of straight running was going to be really tough, both physically and psychologically. I did take it slow - turned out to be 12 minute miles - because I wanted to MAKE IT more than I wanted to go for distance. But I did a route with some hills at the beginning and end, and once I got past the first 5 minutes without the walk, still feeling good and steady, not gasping for breath and not tempted to sneak in a walk, then I knew I could do it.
In fact I was a little bummed that at a 12 minute mile I was short on distance for a 5k at the end of my 35 minute goal, but I did stop and walked my way home. I figured the time goal was a good accomplishment for today. I'll work on getting a little faster the rest of this week, and in any case will make the 5k distance when the time increases to 40 minutes next week. I'm not really in it for the speed of the race--it was just hard to stop when I was so close to the distance. But one step at a time, and I will get there!
The only other sad thing was that I just bought a good "performance" swim top that is meant for both running and swimming. Since it was overcast as I headed out, I opted not to wear it. It was humid and steamy despite the lack of sun, and my 35 minutes finished up by passing the outdoor pool. Boy, that pool looked pretty inviting at that point! Oh well ... Had to celebrate with a nice, cool draw from the water fountain instead. :-) Guess a dip in the pool after a sweaty run will have to be my reward for reaching the actual 5k distance next week.
My other fun fitness adventure this week was taking my teens to a trampoline park on the 4th of July. Yes, I embarrassed them by jumping with them, and what a fun, awesome workout! In only about 20 minutes, I was sweaty and felt the workout. My legs felt fine, but I didn't realize how much I was pumping my arms to get height until the next day. Ooh - stiff and achy in the shoulders! They have fitness classes there in the evenings, and I definitely want to check that out sometime. So fun!