Spreading the Spark and Running Thoughts
Monday, February 14, 2011
So its no secret that I'm single and actually quite happy about it but I still had a Valentine. My sister called me Saturday evening and asked if I wanted to go to lunch with her on Sunday and be her Valentine. I said sure and so we went to Red Lobster on Sunday. I was quite excited for the broiled lobster tail and I always love their broccoli. Anyway my sister decided to order the wood grilled shrimp bruchetta. I know from past experience this is delicious but I was pretty sure it wasn't good for me so I asked the waitress to find out. After a bit another waitress came and asked me if I had been told how much it was and I let her know I had found out online on my phone. Well we got to talking and she told me how she was on Jenny Craig before but it got too expensive so she had to quit. So I let her know about SparkPeople.com and how it was free and would give her the meal plans and exercises and a support community. She seemed very interested and I felt great for spreading the spark.
Now for today's run. Well first I should say I decided to join the 28 day bootcamp challenge. I figured I could easily do a 10 minute video well let me tell you that 10 minutes is NOT easy. So I did that for my warm up before going out to run and man my legs were tired and I think it really wore me out. Now I'm on W8D1 which is a 28 minute run with a 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down walks. I have noticed it takes me more than 5 minutes to "feel" warmed up so I tend to do something before I leave and then also do the 5 minute warm up walk. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong but I'm usually struggling until I hit the first mile marker. When I say I'm struggling I mean my legs feel super tired and it takes a bit to be able to get my breathing right. In fact it takes me almost the entire first mile to convince myself not to quit and that I'll warm up and get into the groove. I don't know if its because I'm fairly new to running or if I'm just not ready for running straight or what but I'm slow to get started. In fact I usually start out really slow for fear of burning out too quickly even though I want to run faster and think that maybe I could and maybe that it would feel more comfortable. Anyway so the entire first mile is a struggle.
Once I hit mile one and am working toward two miles I'm good to go. My breathing just becomes easy as if I'm not even running and the exhaustion in my legs goes away and I don't feel tired. It's like I just get in the zone. I'm relaxed and feel like I could go forever. This is the point I need to know how to get to faster and how to stay in longer.
Once I hit about two miles which is a little after the half way mark I go back to trying to convince myself I can make it. I don't feel any pain or anything like that (although sometimes there is a little stitch in my side right under my ribcage) and if I think about it I'm still breathing fine. Its just like I'm exhausted all the sudden like I'm running on fumes. Today in particular it tells me I have 10 minutes left and I was already feeling like I was going to fall over. I mean its a 28 minute run so I'm feeling done after 18 minutes? That's like being back on week 5. I should at least feel good for 20 minutes if not 25. I'm on week 8 I should be ready to run 28 minutes. Well obviously I can do it because I did. I didn't stop to walk and I pushed through trying to focus on the music and not to think about how much more I had left. Then it tells me I have 5 minutes left and I think how I'm going to fall over. It is about this time my head starts feeling fuzzy. Not dizzy or anything like that but more tingly I guess and that was a bit concerning but I could still see and hear and really honestly didn't feel like I should be worried it was just a little strange. Then I had 3 minutes left and I thought okay well this is the 25 minute mark I have to be able to run 3 more minutes. Mind you this is my first 28 minute run and everything past 25 was further than I'd ever gone. By now though my feet are shuffling and if I slow down any more I will be walking. I did make it to the end but I'm seriously wondering if I'm ready to be on week 8 (I haven't repeated any weeks) and if there is any way on Earth I'll be able to run the entire 5K on the 27th.
You know I feel like I should be able to run faster than an 11 minute mile but only from marker 1 to 2 am I even running that. From 0 to 1 mile it is more like 12:30 (there is a 5 minute walk in there to warm up) and from 2 to 3 its closer to 13:00 (including the 5 minute cool down walk). So as you can see I start out slow and then get going pretty good and end on a really slow note. I'm not so worried about the time as much as I feel like I should be able to start out better and that I should also be able to run more than one mile without feeling like I'm going to fall over. I spend the entire first mile struggling to get into that groove and the entire last mile trying to convince myself I'm not going to die.
Don't get me wrong I'm still amazed every session that I was able to do this. I'm still entirely impressed that I've been so successful and that I am a runner. I'm proud to tell people I'm a runner and to offer advice to those just starting out. I just don't know the secrets yet. I don't know how to get into that groove. I hear people who leave right out of the house running. They don't take the better part of a mile to get warmed up. I've heard of finishing strong but for me it feels like a miracle that I even finish. I am so amazed at being able to run almost 3 miles and that in order to include my warm up and cool down walks I had to increase my route to the length of a 5K. I did run (with my warm up and cool down walks) 3.1 miles in 38 minutes. I think that's pretty respectable and if that was race results I think I would be proud of them. I guess that's what's really important. I am proud of these results I am proud I can do this at all. I just wonder if I'm doing something wrong or could change something to make the beginning as strong as the middle. I figure the end will be hard for a while I am after all a new runner.