A 5K is intimidating. How people run marathons is beyond me, so a measly 3.1 miles should be cake, right? For some, sure. For me, not so much. Going to the gym and stepping on the treadmill and telling yourself that you will not stop until you hit 2 miles is pretty scary. There’s a lot of mental ‘I think I can, I think I can’, and serious self-reflection and awareness that goes on for those 20 miles that you’re just, running.
Running is a whole different animal that ‘going to the gym.’ There’s not stopping and resting between sets like when I use the weight machines. There’s no change in energy when the song switches in Zumba class. It’s the same thing, for miles and miles. And to top it off, I don’t use an ipod, so it’s just me, running. I’ve found that it’s much more a mental challenge, than a physical one. I’m in shape, for sure. I know my legs won’t give in on me, I just have to tell myself not to give up on me.
Yesterday I ran my first 2 miles in just over 23 minutes. That’s a long time to be running. But since the runs are getting longer, I have lots of time to think, so I’ve found myself mapping out my run, breaking it down with how fast I’ll run and when I’ll speed up, which helps me mentally get thru the run. If I start at a slow pace (12 min mile), it takes me about 10 minutes to get into a rhythm- where my strides and breathing are in sync. Then at 1 1/2 miles I kick it up a notch, and keep doing so until I’m sprinting at the end, and man does it feel good! I could probably maintain that sprinting pace longer, but I need to start slow to mentally get through the run. I get all anxious if my breathing is off and then I start thinking about stopping, and I can’t do that when I have a long distance to run.
And that feeling when I reach the goal distance; pride, confidence, all warm and fuzzy inside (and drenched in sweat on the outside)! Every time I finish a run, I feel like I can get right back on and run another mile, and maybe faster this time?! It’s a great feeling and puts me in such a great mood for the rest of the day. Albeit, intimidating and challenging, running growing on me. I’m in no way a ‘runner’ (yet), but I’m beginning to enjoy this…
Two weeks of ‘training’ behind me, 5 to go!
|1||3/11-3/17||Rest||Zumba||1m run (10:51)||Rest||1m run (11:23)|
|2||3/18-3/24||Rest||Zumba||1.5m run (17:09)||Zumba||2m run (23:10)|
|3||3/25-3/31||Rest||Zumba||2m run||1m run||Rest||30 CT||2.5m run|
|4||4/1-4/7||Rest||Zumba||2m run||1.5m run||Rest||30 CT||2.5m run|
|5||4/8-4/14||Rest||Zumba||2.5m run||1.5m run||Rest||35-40 CT||3m run|
|6||4/15-4/21||Rest||Zumba||3m run||1.5m run||Rest||35-40 CT||3.5m run|
|7||4/22-4/28||Rest||Zumba||3.5m run||1.5m run||Rest||35-40 CT||4 m run|
|8||4/29-5/5||Rest||Zumba||3m run||1.5m run||Rest||40 CT||4m run|
|9||5/6-5/12||Rest||Zumba||3m run||2m run||Rest||5k Race!|
Excited for my run Wednesday night – I’m gonna pick up the pace and try to beat my time on Sunday. If you noticed, I have some blank days in my schedule. I planned to cross train twice a week, and run three. Although it seemed ideal, it’s too much for my schedule and I think 2 CT and 2 runs a week are managable, so I’ll adjust as the weeks go on. Some days I have to switch a rest day for a run day, because of what’s going on with life and such, and it seems to work. I hope that it warms up though, because I need to get outside to run and see how I do, compared to a treadmill run.
I’ve been wondering if I need to buy new shoes. The gym shoes I use have never stepped foot outside. But breaking in another pair will take weeks. Thoughts? Suggestions?