As you all know, I’ve started running. I thought it would likely be entertaining if I kept a journal about my experience. The training includes 27 runs over 9 weeks’ time.
Week 1 – Run 1, April 23
I just confessed this crazy idea to Matt yesterday, and he said “go for it,” so tonight, I did my first run/walk. You walk briskly for 5 minutes, then do 8 intervals of running 60 seconds and then walking 90 seconds, and then a 5 minute cool-down walk.
#1 I didn’t die. Awesome.
#2 I did really well on the first 5 running intervals. By 6, 7, and 8, I was struggling.
#3 I’m fearing that I’m going to have to repeat week 1. Maybe more than once. I am really out of shape.
#4 I felt GREAT when I got home, and not really annoyed at the dance music on the podcast. It took me back to college days, dancing the night away at Cochrane’s (anyone? Bueller?). I was slightly annoyed at podcast guy for telling me after interval 6 that I should not be out of breath. Really? Cause I am. And, this is called COUCH to 5k. I’ve been on the couch.
# 5 I’m feeling like I need cuter clothes for running. But hello, I despise athletic shorts, because they’re all freakishly short. And my legs are not only out of shape, they are blindingly white. I ran in some capri yoga pants tonight, and these are fine for cool weather, but not when it’s hotter out.
Week 1 – Run 2, April 25
#1 Though I was hurting a little, I managed to run/walk as far as I did the first time. I was proud of that.
#2 New route for next run. I realized that part of the reason intervals #5-8 are so hard is that I’m running back uphill (it’s only a slight incline, but hello – that matters when you’re new to this…if I have to do an incline at all, it needs to be in the front half of the run). I’ll try to find a flatter route, which will be difficult in our neighborhood.
#3 My hips hurt.
#4 I hate that I’ve let myself get SO out of shape. Ick.
#5 I think I’m going to need some new running shoes. I realized this morning on my run that these shoes? They’re 2 years old. No wonder my feet are hurting. They are running shoes (I prefer to walk in running shoes, too), but there’s no support left in these.
#6 I remembered to wear my pedometer this time, and I loved that I got in 4000 steps in just 30 minutes.
Week 1 – Run 3, April 28
#1 Cool weather is great for running.
#2 New route this time made a ton of difference – intervals #1 and 3 were distinctly uphill, #2, 4, and 8 were distinctly downhill, and the others were either a combination or relatively flat (keep in mind that we aren’t talking HILLS here, but inclines. I am weak.). I was able to run all 8 intervals with no problem, and even added a 9th interval myself.
#3 I think it’s horribly cruel that at the end of the running intervals, as the podcast switches into the “cool down” walk, for about 10 seconds the music sounds like the ice cream man. Every time, I start looking around for the truck (for the record, I’ve never actually bought anything from the ice cream man…he creeps me out. But still, that music is unmistakable.).
Week 2 – Run 1, April 30
Week 2 is a 5 minute brisk warm-up walk, and then 6 intervals of running for 90 seconds/walking for 2 minutes, and then a 5 minute brisk cool-down walk.
#1 I’ve now stuck with this program for a whole week – go me!
#2 New route is much, much better. But interval #1 is really a hill, I’ve decided. Best to get that out of the way first, I guess.
#3 I did have to tell myself twice tonight during running intervals that this isn’t going to kill me (in fact, I heard Trainer Bob from the Biggest Loser in my head saying, “I am saving your life right now.” I’m only a little bit dramatic.).
#4 I was able to do all of the intervals, and I did a longer cool-down walk, as I switched to more enjoyable music and didn’t mind using up the last few minutes of daylight.
#5 I am happy to report that week 2 means a new podcast, which means no more ice cream truck sounds.
#6 Dear neighbors and anyone within about a mile radius of my house, Could you please not grill out while I’m running? It would help me tremendously.
Week 2 – Run 2, May 2
#1 I am proud of myself for resolving to run today (this is 5 times in 9 days!!!) when I really wanted to spend my Saturday afternoon doing pretty much anything but run. Those other things included napping, lounging around and watching the Cardinals with my boys, and napping.
#2 Accomplished this run with no cheating on the intervals…I honestly didn’t think I had it in me.
#3 I have grave concerns about actually running this whole 5k…I mean, it’s in 11 weeks, and I can’t run for longer than 90 seconds at a time right now.
Question for runners: what kind of earbuds to do you have for your MP3/ipod? These are mine and they KILL my ears. They fall out all the time, too.