Monday, August 31, 2009

Back on track!

Much better run this morning - Jet and I went 2.5 miles without stopping. And I didn't even feel like I was going to die afterward! Runs like this give me the confidence that I'll be able to push just a little further to make that first goal (5k) and keep improving even after that. The idea of going 13.1 miles still scares the crap out of me, but I know it's do-able, and I'm going to do it!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I should have stayed in bed this morning...

Have you ever had one of those days where you knew, just knew, that you didn't have "it"? That was me today. I woke up early as always, dressed in my customary jog clothes, and headed out before the sun was even hinting. But as soon as I started, I could feel that it was off. My legs were heavy and the road felt like sand. I went for a mile (no stops, thank you very much) and then passed one of those digital signs that shows the time and the temperature. It was 87 degrees at 5:45 am. That sucked the wind right out of my sails.

I started walking, rationalizing that if I just got myself home today, I'd have more energy to "start over" tomorrow when Jet and I start the 5k program. Then my Internal Athlete (I didn't even know I had one of those!) reminded me that my first race is 2 weeks away, and it's entirely possible that it will be 87 degrees and that my legs will be heavy. So I started running again. That lasted for another few minutes, then my External Wimp took over and I walked the rest of the way.

Grrr - no french toast for me today!

Friday, August 28, 2009

I earned my French Toast!

This morning, I ran two miles without stopping. It took me a really long time, and I let myself do a 5-minute cool-down walk afterward, but hey, that's 2/3 of a 5k! 1/3 of a 10k!

So I celebrated with yummy French Toast for lunch. :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Almost not a "beginner" anymore!

Great run this morning - the 30-second breaks are already starting to feel unnecessary, and I had no problem extending a couple of the jogs to 7 and 8 minutes. Jet says that this is the last week we time ourselves, and starting next week, we measure by distance. Then she said that it's almost time to phase in 10-mile runs. Ex-squeeze me?! Aside from the sheer intimidation factor, I'm a little worried about finding the time to run that long, even if it's only once a week (especially at my pace). But hey, if I can run 10 miles, then 13.1 will be no biggie!

On the downside, I got a migraine about half an hour after I finished running, but I refuse to believe that the two are related. As soon as my head stops throbbing, I'll be itching to lace up for tomorrow morning!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Watch out, Granny!

Solo today - not so bad, but I'm always more motivated when I run with a partner.

I did manage to convince myself to move forward in the program: 30-second walks between the five-minute jogs. Not so bad, right? Ok, well there was the one time I lost track of the clock and ended up walking for about 1 minute, ten seconds. Oops!

I fully admit that my struggle of the moment is not my stamina, but my speed. This morning, I was in the middle of one of the jogs (I think it was the 4th), and I noticed an older woman walking on the other side of the road, going the same direction as me. At first, it seemed like she was walking faster than I was jogging, but I quickly came to realize that it was just a trick being played by my oxygen-deprived imagination. Before long, I left her in the dust. Still not sure it's something to be proud of, but I'll take it!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Shameless, as usual

In my typical "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" way, I am (of course) starting my blog on a day that I had a GREAT run. I promise I'll include struggles and off-days too, but for now, I'm starting on a high note.

I jogged 3 miles this morning. To be fair, I took 1-minute walking breaks every 5 minutes, but I still finished in 40 minutes. Now I have a "time to beat" when I do my first official 5k in about a month. By then, there won't be any walking breaks and I'm sure "Jet" will keep me in line! I'm a little more sore than normal, but this was my 5th run for the week, and I didn't feel like I was dying when I finished. Big improvement from early June!

I'm on my way!

Ten weeks ago, I would have said, "I'm not a runner. I've never been a runner, I'll never be a runner, and the only way you'll see me run is if someone is chasing me."

Don't get me wrong - I'm not a complete slug. Every now and then I'd take a long walk around my neighborhood, sometimes with my dog, sometimes with my husband, sometimes all by myself. I thought I was cool when I was going for one-mile walks two or three times a week.

Then my friend (let's call her "Jet") asked me if I wanted to do a beginners running program with her. She was already about a month into the program, but she was willing to "start over" with me so we could be on the same pace. I took a look at the program, got completely intimidated by what would be expected of me over the eight weeks of the training and was about to tell "Jet" that I wasn't into it. Then I looked at what would be expected of me during the first week - "Walk for 30 minutes at a comfortable pace," then "Walk for 5 minutes, jog for 30 seconds." Heck, even I can do that! So I told her I'd do it.

We live in Arizona. We had the brilliant idea to start this program in the middle of the summer. Therefore, we start between 5:15 am and 5:30 am. Most days, I get to see the sun come up. I love it!

I try to run five times per week. "Jet" and I usually do three or four days together, and then I run on my own on the other days. We've repeated a couple of the weeks of the program, but we're nearly at the end of the beginners training. Starting next week, we jog for 5 minutes and walk for 30 seconds. That gets us about 2.5 miles in our 30 minutes. After that, we run for 30 minutes with no breaks.

We're planning on doing a half-marathon in January. If I think about it, I still get intimidated, so I'm just focusing on what I'm doing now. I guess I am a runner after all!

Wish me luck!