JogWalk 5K training week 4 day 2
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
3 more training days to go, then the 5K. Wow. The hardest transition for me was week 2, going from jogging 1 min jogging 1.5 min. The other step ups have been challenging, but doable. This week is walk 2 min, jog 2.5 mins. 22 minutes was tough tonight. out of the 27 min total. I bargained my way thru, 30 seconds at a time. I was grinning from 26 mins to 27 mins, knowing I was going to finish successfully.
My cartilages in my knees were significantly achy after jogging Sunday, continuing thru today, Wed, esp when walking downstairs. When you squish a joint, fluid moves in and out of your cartilages, feeding the cells and flushing away waste. As I finished my first jog segment tonight, I kept picturing weeping lubrication for my knees, nourishing my cartilages. And sure enough, the cartilages didn't hurt much after I finished tonight. Placebo effect? Distracting myself from aches? I don't much care as long as it works :)
I've gone on training sessions by myself the past week, breaking my dog's heart, and slightly disappointing my daughter. It's hard for me to keep track of the segments when I'm trying to keep the dog on track around other animals and trying to pay enough attention to my daughter's chattering. I'm thinking for the 5K a week and a half from now, that I might just follow my MP3 player instead of my watch. Record some songs of the correct time, use that as my key to switch b/t walk and jog. I haven't been running with music: the distraction factor more than anything. I have some hearing loss, so I worry about not picking up on important noises around me. Add in earphones and music, trying to watch the time intervals, even more of a concern. I've mostly planned out the route: out and back, instead of my usual around block to block. The week after the 5K is my 47th birthday. If someone had told me at 26, 36, 46 that I'd be jogging on my 47th, I wouldn't have believed it.
Had a spreading the Spark moment last night. Not so much from person to person, but activity to activity. I swam 55 mins. I love water (especially if it's warm). I typically set a steady pace, front crawl, regulate my breathing, 3 strokes to a breath. I often hit fatigue and quivery muscles but do my best to stay aerobic. Last night, I found myself pulling harder on strokes, getting close to gasping for air before that 3rd stroke finished. It's a 25m pool, which takes me about 11-12 breaths to cover. Last night on several laps, I covered the distance in 10 breaths. I felt like SuperWoman! Also had the happy realization that the outside pool will open in 23 days! Yea! Family pool pass for outdoor season (my birthday present to me). Best of all, much longer time to swim. The indoor municipal pool is open for 1 hour. Outdoor pool is 4-8. I can play with the kids, swim laps, play with the kids some more. Instead of 1 night a week, working the pool into the family schedule, it's available 7 days a week. Yea again!