About a month and a half ago I started on my quest to run a 5k (the length of final leg of the "sprint" triathlon I'm doing in July).
- I got instructions from coolrunning.com and their 'Couch to 5K' plan.
- The hubby is a former cross-country/track guy, so he coached me, too.
- I mapped out a 2.0 and 3.0 mile course around my neighborhood.
- I was recently introduced to Robery Ullrey's Couch to 5K Podcasts for Running (thanks, Sonny!) and bought myself a very cool armband to hold my iPod.
- Oh yeah, and I've read a number of books/websites on the how-tos of running.
Two times a week for almost 2-months now, I've plodded around the course, not feeling very runner-like. There were days in which I was downright miserable. But I kept going.
Last week I had a breakthrough. Then it happened again TODAY!
During last Thursday's run I was without my iPod. The hubby was running with me.
A little side note about the hubby... he's a natural runner - tall and sleek - he could run a 5K tomorrow if he wanted to. He's also much, much faster than me.
So we're running last week. Poor hubby is practically walking to as not out-distance me. Finally, I tell him to run ahead... I'll catch up (or, I'll meet him at home). After a bit of argument, he finally acquiesced to my request and ran off.
That's when I decided to run for 2-minutes, then walk 2 - a modified week two of Couch to 5K.
... and ran.
... and ran some more.
The first set was 3 minutes long. Then I walked. Then ran again for FIVE minutes. Then a walk. Then 4 more running minutes.
Most importantly. I FELT GOOD! I felt strong, like I could run even longer and not be in pain.
Tonight was similar.
I did a 4-minute warm-up, then it was time to run. I ran for a little while... 2-3 minutes, then walked (to the top of the hill), looked down at my watch...
6-1/2 minutes later I finally took a rest... tho I don't know that I really needed it. WOO HOO!
I walked for 3 minutes, than ran for another SEVEN AND A HALF! WOO HOO again!
I finally think I'm getting the hang of it.
Tho, now that I look back on my progress, I shouldn't be surprised that it happened this way.
Whenever I've learned a foreign language I would struggle and struggle and struggle then all of a sudden **SNAP** I know it!
When I learned all the data and statistics and medical terms for my job I struggled and struggled and struggled, then **SNAP** I got it!
I guess running works the same way, just physical instead of mental.
I'm determined to keep going.
In two weeks I'm planning to bike 6 miles, then run 1 (or 2) in my first 'brick' session. (BRICK = Bike and Run In Combination [K].) I'm going to do my best... its all I can do.
Now it's time for a well-deserved rest.