Yesterday was day 3 of week five of my c25K training. In case I have yet to mention it, c25K stands for Couch to 5K and is done in a 9 week training period. So far it has worked wonderfully for me and I recommend it to anyone that is new to running.
My third day of week five consisted of the following routine:
5 minute warmup walk
20 minute run
cooldown walk (4 minutes and some change)
I have to admit, I was really nervous about this day. It was only 5 short weeks ago that I was running 90 seconds at a time a breathing heavily. A few days ago I ran 8 minutes and thought that wasn’t too bad but it wasn’t easy either! So, yesterday I strapped on my running shoes, grabbed my phone (has my music and my training app on it) and went to a local park. Usually, I just run up and down the street where my mom lives(since she watches Anson while I run). It was really nice to have a chance to run at the park. There are several people running, walking, and biking. There is a path that’s roughly a mile long, two playgrounds for children, picnic areas, and sports fields. It’s really one of my favorite parks.
The sun was out and it was a beautiful day, but boy was it windy! Just about everything that could go wrong, did. The hoodie I wore didn’t have deep pockets, so every time my foot hit the ground, my phone would start to bounce out. I wound up carrying it the entire 20 minute run. The zipper on my hoodie just won’t stay up and kept unzipping, so just about every minute and a half I had to pull it back up! Pandora radio would cut out on the occasion and if I bumped the connection of my ear plugs, they would stop working. The wind was blowing me over hard and I had the sniffles. A few minutes in, I had already felt winded and starting asking myself how in the hecht I was going to survive this 20 minutes of straight running. Then I heard myself say “shut up, stop making excuses, don’t psych yourself out, you can do this”. So, I did just that, I sucked it up and ignored all the little things. I focused on what matter the most, and that was completing this run.
Jillian Michaels is one of my favorite trainers because she reminds me not to be weak. She makes the pain of a workout seem so insignificant, as if to feel pain or be affected by it makes one a weaker individual. I don’t see this in a negative way, it always seems to push me harder, to make me stronger. When I am running, I can hear her saying “you don’t give up at the end, that’s when you push harder”. Whenever I am working out or running and I get to the point where I don’t feel like I have anything left to give, I absorb it for the moment and then push through, even stronger than before. It is that “second wind” feeling. As you can tell, I work out to a lot of Jillian’s DVD’s, lol.
I pushed through this run and completed it. I was so happy that I made it through and without stopping! My total workout time including warm up and cool down, was 29 minutes. My total distance was 2.07- the same as on day two. The fact that my distance didn’t increase was somewhat disappointing, but what I also realized is that my total time was a minute shorter! Plus, I ran for 20 minutes straight! That’s huge for me. I am motivated and can’t wait to see what my future as a runner has to offer.
Please consider sponsoring me as a runner for the Poplar Spring 5K in support of abused and rescued animals. It is a one time donation and any amount truly helps. My personal page is http://poplarspring.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=462113&supId=320767985 I am also now running with team B.A.R.N. (Baltimore Animal Rights Network).
I know I haven’t even participated in this race yet, but I am already looking into signing up for my next one.