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Invasion of the (Physically Fit) Pod People

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Okay, I don't want to alarm anyone, but I believe I've been the target of an alien invasion. Or abduction. Or weird mind-meld thingy.

Hopefully something without probes, at any rate.

What I'm aiming at, is something is going on in my brain that is wholly unfamiliar, and that something involves running.

(Don't worry, I still think it sucks*, but check this out...)

This week, I had every excuse to miss a day of running. I run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays in the mornings and this week, my darling daughter started 4th Grade on a Monday.

Normally, I would have shrugged and happily skipped my Monday workout because after all, it's my kid! I HAVE to escort my kid to the bus stop on the first day of school, right? It would be un'Murrican not to, right? NORMAL me, HUMAN me would consider this workout interference to be some unavoidable "Act of God", unfixable and as such, totally okay.

But not this week. When I realized I'd have to skip Monday, I was actually annoyed. Of course I'd be there for the kiddo, wanted to be, but I was irritated that my schedule was being messed with. So, I thought about it, shifted my Monday/Wednesday to Tuesday/Thursday and then confirmed with the husband that he'd be able to cover my runs on different days this week.

The fact that I shifted days is something that, I'll admit, I've done at least once before, that's not the weird part. The weird part is that this time it involved coordinating and uprooting another person's schedule, just so I could get my run in, and that's something I've never, ever done before.

Last night, I checked the forecast for this morning's run, and it said it was going to rain all day long. But, forecasts are often wrong, and it *did* only say 30% chance of rain at 6AM, so I figured I'd wait and see what it actually looked like in the morning and figure out what to do then.

Fast-forward to this morning. I woke up, got dressed for my run, opened the door and you guessed it...RAIN! Not a lot, but more than a sprinkle. Enough to get your hair wet running out to the car. Enough for NORMAL me, HUMAN me to say "Guess that kills my workout!" and crawl back into bed.

But not this time. Instead, I went to the kitchen and got a sandwich bag to protect my iPod from the rain and headed out the door, just like that, like nothing was weird about choosing to go for a run in the middle of a rainstorm!

Because I'm way out of shape, I regularly repeat weeks of my C25K program, to build my strength and to get me used to longer interval times. I try to hit the requirements of each week the first time around, but if it's too tough for me, I do what I can and build up from there at every workout.

As such there have been a few times (not many) but a few times where I've intentionally sandbagged myself -- only done 5 sets when I knew I could do 6, just so my next workout would be easier. It's not a regular thing, and it hasn't impeded my progress, but I've done it for sure, especially if I'm afraid of moving on to the next week.

This week I'm on my second round of Week 9, which involves running intervals of "Walk 2, Run 7" and "Walk 2, Run 8". I thought it would be tougher, but surprisingly, I'm holding my own with it so far -- and if I REALLY push it, I could totally finish it this week on Saturday. The problem is, Week 10 has scared the pants off me since I started the program -- intervals of "Walk 1, Run 10" transitioning cruelly on Day 3 to intervals of "Walk 1, Run 20". Really, MacNeill? No ramp up to the 20, just do 10 and then BAM!, into 20?

What I'm getting at, is that if there were ever a time for sandbagging, this week would pretty much be it -- anything to delay the advancement into the dreaded Week 10! So, this morning, when I was running in the rain, out on the open road, and I hit the killer series of shallow-but-l-o-o-o-ong hills in the last mile-and-a-half of my route, NORMAL me, HUMAN me would've used the hills for what they were: excellent, totally defensible opportunities to sandbag.

But here's the thing: this time, I didn't do it.

I actually *refused* to sandbag. Told myself "No!". Told myself I could make it up the hills and keep going.
Even if I had to go slow.
Even if it meant that I'd have to advance to Week 10 next Monday.

I made it up the effin' hills.
(Spooky, right?)

So, that's my story. If I *have*, in fact, been Body Snatched, consider this my warning to you, potential Pod People targets: beware the invasion, because they're coming for you NEXT!!!!

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*Yes, it sucks. For about an hour, three times a week.
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    Awesome and inspiring blog entry! Almost makes me want to take up running!
    2413 days ago
    Ha. You're starting to *like* running. Just as I knew you would.

    The walk/run thing? Nah, I just added to my runs. I remember doing a walk/run and freaking out at 10 minutes, too. I find it's a lot easier to just add a quarter mile each week, but that worked for me, but certainly not for everyone. At first, adding a quarter mile is sort of intimidating "I have to do 1.75 miles instead of 1.50 miles?" but now I add .5 mile each week to long runs. I tell myself that it's only an extra 6 minutes, and that's not a big deal.

    But I have been making excuses! The excuses are beautiful kitchen cabinets, but they're excuses nonetheless! I want to get a book from the library (or four) to set up some training for a half marathon... now that I'm not training *for* something, I'm not as eager to get out the door.
    2413 days ago
    Wonderful inspiration!!! Thank you for sharing.
    2413 days ago
    You are amazing! :) Love your motivation and determination!
    2413 days ago
    Awesome blog. That's the cool and unexplainable side of running. What's crazy to other ("normal") people is cool to us. Running early in the am, running in the rain, and running hills are just a few of the things I never thought would be "fun" but they are! Great job getting out in rain and rearranging your schedule to get your runs in.
    2413 days ago
    Nice blog.. awesome artwork :)
    2413 days ago
    Nicely done! Good for you: being body-snatched could totally be worth it!
    2414 days ago
    AAAHHHHH this blog is so awesome. GOOD FOR YOU!!! you're killing it!! Running in the rain is THE BEST time to run for reals!! You will do week 10 even if you do nail it the first time you're capable of so much more then you give yourself credit. Take it slow and easy get some good music and you won't even notice slow and steady 20 minutes will pass before you know it! You got this!
    2414 days ago
    emoticon Go you! I noticed my own body snatching yesterday when I woke up and did push-ups - which I loathe from the very bottom most depths of my soul - and I have no real reason for doing them anymore (I only did them before b/c they were required for black belt testing)! I don't HAVE to do push-ups anymore...yet I found myself doing them anyway before I realized it. AND then I did them again today! I'm not me anymore!
    2414 days ago
    Great blog :) and good for you! Such a wonderful thing when you "catch" healthy! ;)

    Btw I LOL'd at your picture at the end. Love it!
    2414 days ago
    emoticon emoticon YOU ROCK! emoticon emoticon
    2414 days ago
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    Awesome blog... you should be proud!!
    2414 days ago
    I wish you could come up to CT and rub some of this off on me, like pollen or cat hair. THIS ROCKS and gives me hope that my mind will change if I keep the body doing what it's supposed to be doing. You're my Hero!

    (And as a quasi-SciFi nerd, love the pic, one of the greats! The remake with Nicole Kidman was crap).
    2414 days ago
    Great blog, girl! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Sparkfriending you so I can follow your funny. Cheers. :)

    2414 days ago
    Loved this blog! I'm glad that you're figuring it out!
    2414 days ago
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