Week 2, Day 3 – success!
Well, I did it. I did all three days of the week 2 program this week. Each one was successful! Today’s had me just 0.05 away from reaching 4km! Part of me is beside myself with joy that I was able to break all personal records so far and a little part of me was all, ARGH! I should have just walked up and down the driveway for 30 more seconds! 😉
Today was hot and I was so happy when my route took me through shade. It wasn’t overly humid though so breathing wasn’t a huge problem. I did splash water on my face and head a couple of times just to cool down a little. When I got home I felt fine, until about 10 minutes later I felt a little light headed as we were sitting down to eat dinner on the back deck. Easy fix! We had just taken the towels off the line so doused my head and neck under the hose for a minute and then wrapped my head in one of those clean towels. Problem with my pink hair is that it drips pink and I didn’t need that all over my clothes. 😉 The wet hair also made for a refreshing outdoor dining experience. (Steak and corn on the cob. Mmmmmm.)
Tonight’s run/walk was a victory in my books. All those failed attempts at even completing the first day of this week has finally resulted in three successful days in a row. I am so proud of myself and it’s making me want to do this more just to see what I can do next. I know that I will be repeating Week 2 for a few more weeks. Especially as the days get hotter and more humid and I have to skip days (perhaps multiples) and not run. But I know now that I CAN do this and that in itself is enough for me.
This Week 2 schedule is HARD for me. I have to push myself on the last half to not stop and give up. I push myself for the runs even if I am feeling like I can’t do this (and trust me, I know when I REALLY can’t do something. Me and my body are pretty tight. BFFs even. I know me like the back of my hand!) but I know it’s JUST 60 seconds or I know I’m ALMOST done that 90 seconds. I can do it. And I push through and I feel amazing in the end.
Running 90 seconds in a row is HARD. But the 60 second runs pass by in the blink of an eye. I used to think the 60 second runs were the devil’s idea, but now? I’m actually surprised when the ding to walk sounds because I feel like I just started running. Eventually the 90 seconds will seem like nothing. I am looking forward to that.
Every day I am out there I am just that little bit better than the time before. I just need to learn that it’s possible to have an off-day and not be so hard on myself if I DO have to stop before it’s over. It’s not the end of the world and after a rest I can go back out and be better than I was.
What I DO need right now are new shoes. I can feel the ground through my runners right now and I think I’m going to need to retire them soon. I will drag myself to the Running Room this week (perhaps) while I’m off and take a look. Now that I know how much real running shoes help and work for running, I will never go back to crappy, cheap ones. I’ll leave those for just kicking around the house maybe. 😉