Wednesday, October 16, 2013
So today I started week 7 of the 5K your Way program. It was so exhausting! It's 7 sets of 1 minute walking and 4 minutes running. On paper it didn't look to bad, but the reality was rough!
I was about to call it quits 25 minutes in. I was exhausted, my Zombies, Run! mission was over, and there is one really long song in my running playlist that causes the music to stop playing immediately after-I've been meaning to remove it, but haven't had time. Yeah, of COURSE it played today. So I had a good 10 minutes left without music to keep me going.
Still, I felt really bad not getting in at least a half hour. I've gotten to a point where 30 minutes is doable, and if worse came to worst I figured I could just walk the rest, so I took a quick break to refill my water bottle, and I pushed myself. Needless to say, I got my 30 minutes.
I decided to just walk and cool down the next 5 minutes. I set the pace on the treadmill slower than I've set it in weeks-slower even than my starting pace. After a minute, I felt better and decided to just run as long as I could and then call it. I ran the whole 4 minutes! I completed the first day of the plan! I took another 5 minutes to actually cool down, and I felt wonderful!
I am so glad I didn't quit when I thought I had to. I need to work on pacing myself a bit better, but I am so glad I did it. Still, I do hope this week gets easier. It seems obvious, but I'm finally figuring out to just take each small segment at a time.