Monday, August 12, 2013
This blog will be boring except for maybe those who are trying to work on running.
Yesterday was a huge milestone for me and something I've been working on for a while. I pushed myself and tested myself and was able to run a mile straight without any walking interval. I think my time was around 12 minutes. What's weird about that is that I've have pulled 12 minute miles before---but with walking intervals. I was a bit disappointed that running straight through didn't shave any time off but I also know I wasn't pushing as hard as I could. I wasn't winded and I had set a very slow pace to insure that I would last. Now that I know I can do this, I can work on my speed.
I've been working on running at the track at the Y for the summer but was hesitant to break away from interval training. As I told someone else, I was clinging to intervals as a comfort and a "known". I've even been mixing it up and for some time, rather than doing timed intervals, I was doing length intervals. For instance, rather than walk 1 minute, run 1 minute, etc. I was walk 1/8 of a mile, run 1/8 of a mile, etc. I was also actually doing this for 3 miles, as opposed my C25K training app, which , from my calculations, only pulls in about 2 miles in a 30 min session. I was doing this a while until I was up to 1/4 mile length intervals. I then, on a whim one day, tested myself against the C25K app...and found I was running for longer amount of time than I had expected! This was very encouraging.
I decided to go back to using the C25K method, but, rather than using the final 5 minute cool down to walk, I decided to use that time to run as far as I could. SO when I tried this 3 days ago, I ran 1/2 mile but quit at that point. When I self-assessed, I realized I wasn't really winded (not like how I would get when i first started doing this!) and that it truly was a "mental quit" rather than a "physical quit". I vowed that I would try again next run to do the full mile. Tried it again last night and Voila! I did it! This was remarkable to me because I have never done that before EVER. Even more interesting, is deep inside, I knew I could have gone longer. It truly and sincerely at this point is an issue of mental strength. Focusing the mind...or maybe it's not focusing on any pain or fatigue or boredom is really the trick. I (we) are capable of some crazy things just based on our way of thinking.
One thing I will say, based on my experience with traveling last week, is that it is very very true that you shouldn't go more than a day without exercising. I had exercised on Monday, and wasn't able to on Tuesday and Wednesday. When I tried to run on Thursday it was AWFUL and I could only get halfway through my C25K session. I couldn't believe it! So I am determined to never let that happen again. I am enjoying the success of being able to run without it just killing me. I look back at where I was when I started and I just HATED every second of it. I hurt and was wheezy. It was pure torture. I don't want to have to build up to this point again so I have to, at the extreme least, maintain if I am not to improve.
I am really looking forward to my next 5K...which I think will happen in Dec. Looking at the calendar there is nothing in my area that fits with my class schedule. This semester I have a class on certain Saturdays. For the last 5 K I did, a couple of years ago, I believe my time was 42-43 mins and that was with ALL intervals. I'm pretty sure I can get it under 40 now *but* now that I have a few months and know what I am able to do, I am going to train very hard and kick some personal record butt!