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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Week one, done {Twin Weight Tuesday}.

I'm done with my first week of 5K training.  It wasn't pretty, but it's done.  I threw in an extra day because I just had an awful run on Thursday and wanted a re-do.

Last night I started week 2, which consists of a 5 minute brisk walk followed by intervals of 90 seconds of running and 2 minutes of brisk walking for 20 minutes.  I always keep walking til I hit a total of 30 minutes at the end because I've found that I really need a cool down walk.

I've also learned that I run faster outside than I do on the treadmill.  I kind of figured that, but never had any proof.  But the route I take outside is 2 miles long (carefully calculated my running Nazi coach) and the same amount of running turns up to be 1.8ish miles on the treadmill.  I've tried increasing my speed, but I just end up feeling like I'm going to fly off the back of the treadmill the whole time.  Not fun.

Last night Brian came into the workout room to see how I was doing.  I was on my 2nd of 6 intervals and I was struggling already.  On the 3rd interval I thought about stopping.  My knees and shins were killing me and I was just tired.  But I kept going and the 4th one was actually a little easier.  And on the 5th one I actually ran for 2 minutes instead of 90 seconds because I lost track of time.  After the 6th one I actually contemplated throwing in another few intervals because my legs were feeling good.  But last time I did that, I screwed up further runs because I was too sore.  So I walked for a good 4 minutes to cool down and went into the family room to stretch.

Brian asked me if it's starting to feel good yet, and the answer was NO.  And the soreness the next day isn't even a good sore yet.  It's just a "I feel fat and old and out of shape" sore.  But I am enjoying the feelings of accomplishment.  And that's what I'm focusing on every time it's time to get out there and run.

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