Wow, who knew I was sooo out of shape! I’ve always been a walker, not a runner. I’m a very fast sprinter, but I’ve never been a good distance runner….ever. I’ve wanted to do a 5K for years, but I always planned on walking it. Why, then, do I suddenly feel the need to RUN one? I can walk 3 or more miles quickly with no problem, I do it on a regular basis, I just have never entered a 5K race. I found a training program for “your first 5K” from Fitness magazine and decided to try it. I mean it says it can take me from the couch to running a 5K race in just 6 weeks. So I told myself, “I can do this!” I decided that I would probably need to go through the whole schedule about 3 times before I could actually, comfortably, run a 5K.
I started this morning with Day 1 Week 1: Walk briskly for 1 mile, then run for 2 minutes every half mile until you get to 3.5 miles. Walk 1/2 mile. I had a dentist appointment at 7 this morning. (I wanted to get it out of the way.) Right after that I went to the local park that has a 1/2 mile walking path. I was ready. I was bundled up in layers with a hat and mittens because it was only 260 F this morning and I am not a cold person. I’m a beach person. I had my ipod for music and because it has a stopwatch. I started out on the path at a brisk pace. The back half of the path, I was walking into the wind and it was quite cold, but by the time I had walked 1 1/2 miles my hands and feet were all warmed up and my face was numb. I misread the program before I left so I walked an extra 1/2 mile before I started the 2 minute runs. In the end, that was probably a good thing. I started the stopwatch and took off at a good jog. It felt really good….for about 35 seconds. By 52 seconds I was really pushing myself. At 1 minute 12 seconds I had to go back to walking….and wheezing. I finished that 1/2 mile, for a total of 2 miles, at a somewhat brisk walk and got back into my car still wheezing and headed home.
I’m not giving up, but I am going to modify my training schedule. I’m going to repeat the first running day on every running day until I can actually do it. I have a feeling that my 6 week program is going to take just a wee bit longer. That’s ok. I have time.
Speaking of time, I’ve made my calendar/schedule for January and February. I find that doing this helps me to stay focused and I actually end up feeling like I have a lot more time for doing what I have to do and what I want to do. January and February are pretty full with projects, but March looks like it will really open up for me. So much happened this past year and I have so many great things that keep coming up that I shouldn’t have any shortage of things to write about, projects at home and the shop and quilt club too! Today I’m off to create some pattern pieces for a wedding dress that I’m making. I’ll let you know how I do on Wednesday.
Have a great day!