I don’t know what happened. The week just kind of snuck away from me I guess. I didn’t get in W4D3 on Friday or Saturday. I even “allowed” myself to try and get it in on Sunday but that didn’t happen either.
Monday has gone by and I still haven’t run. Today I have a good excuse though. I’ve started working with a personal trainer. My friend trains with him in a group of women. I think its usually about two at a time, and so now with me, its three. The workout wasn’t even that strenuous. I never came close to passing out OR throwing up but still, my legs are absolute jello. J-E-L-L-O. Sorry, had to throw that in there. So we finished the workout upstairs and afterwards I could barely walk down the stairs. I thought for sure my thighs would give out at any moment. Luckily they didn’t! 😉
So here we are, Tuesday is up next and I do have plans to get up early and get my run on. I am even allowing myself to re-do Week 4. Maybe for some people just continuing on with the running, allowing the weeks to get skewed would be okay. But I’m crazy and the weeks have to make sense. When I started this 8 week program I had 11 weeks until the Run for Courage. I knew this would allow me to repeat a week if necessary. So here is where I’m cashing in that chip. I hope to get much better with my time this week and I definitely want to try to run outside. I’m worried it will be devastating to run outside after running so long on the treadmill. Luckily I have been doing an incline on the treadmill but that may not be enough. We’ll find out tomorrow if I have what it takes!
I hope to have a very exciting post for you tomorrow!
Week 4 Day 2 was a little easier than Week 4 Day 1. This time I didn’t need to slow down mid run. They only give you a 1:30 walk before the 5 min run. I needed an extra 15 seconds on that but I made up for it by continuing to run 15 seconds after it said to cool down.
I gave myself a break today by slowing my running from 5.2 to 4.8. I need to slow down my pace a little bit because the goal is not to run the fastest but simply increase my endurance enough for a 3.1 mile run. I didn’t want to over exert myself as just a beginner.
I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m looking forward to getting started on Week 5 next week!
Forgot to get a picture of the treadmill so I thought I would throw in a shoe shot for you 😉
It’s days like today that I know I’ve changed. I was so tired this morning I just felt like having a lazy morning with the kids. I did NOT feel like getting in my exercise clothes and hauling myself and the twins down to the gym for some epic punishment known as week 4.
On the other hand I did look forward to my run. I did want to check off that box. The afternoon didn’t prove to be a good time to go to the gym either so my remaining option was after the kids were in bed. I actually really like going late at night. The gym is totally dead and I have my pick of any of the treadmills in the cardio room.
Week 4 felt like a gigantic leap from Week 3. The longest running interval is 5 minutes and I did two of those. Combined with another two intervals of 3 minutes. I was pushed past my limit during the second 5 minute interval. Luckily it was the last running interval. I knew if I didn’t slow down I was going to be swept away by the treadmill and end up splat against the elliptical machine that is lined up behind the treadmill. I slowed to a walk for about a minute (maybe even less) then returned to a jog. To make up for this I continued running for 0.4 miles after it instructed me to “cool down”.
Today I reached the 1 mile mark at 14:18. More than a minute less then last time! Maybe I’ll get it down to 13 minutes next week! I’d love to do 10 minute miles but right now I’m just training for endurance, not speed.
Today’s program had me run 2.15 miles over 31.5 minutes. I plugged in my weight to the treadmill at the beginning of the workout and it supposedly calculated I burned 270 calories. WTF? Seriously? I am sweating bullets here and I didn’t even burn 300 calories. Good thing that’s not what I’m going for here.
I was thinking about trying this day again tomorrow and see what happens but I have a feeling I’ll barely be able to walk tomorrow.
I did something this morning that I don’t normally do. I ran two days in a row. Each week this program asks you to run 3 out of 7 days. It even insists you use the other 4 days to rest. I suppose you could cross train or something. I am the person who starts out being completely overzealous and then loses momentum very, very quickly. So with all that in mind, I took the program at its word and complete a run, rest, then complete another one. Then I have the weekends free. Sounds like a great plan.
This week, life of course interrupted things. Normally I’d say “well, there goes that idea” and throw it out the window. But amazingly enough I already enjoy this program so much that I’m thinking ahead and planning for things! My father is going for surgery tomorrow. I need to travel this afternoon 2 hours to my moms house and drive with my brother and my dad very early tomorrow morning to the hospital (its another hour away). Then of course Friday I’ll be driving home. I had planned to run Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday this week but knew I’ll probably be spending most of Thursday at the hospital worrying about my dad. So I ran today. I have a million things to do before I can leave town tonight but this has become IMPORTANT to me. Wow, can’t believe I’m saying that. I really really want to reach this goal. I really really want to RUN (or jog) a 5k.
Moving on to the actual workout. I am still so sore from Monday’s intense workout that I decided to treat myself by doing my run, then hitting up the steam room. I had been wondering at what point I hit one mile. Its not a whole mile of running, I started calculating at the very beginning so it includes the warm up and all the the walking intervals. At 16:17 I reached one mile. I know people can probably do a mile in like 5 minutes but I’ve never actually known how long I can complete a mile in. So having a number is actually a big deal to me. Even if it is 16 minutes and 17 seconds. Now I have a starting point. Now I know what kind of fitness shape I am in. Now I know that when I run a mile in 10 minutes, that will be a BIG deal. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, I’d like to get it in under 15 minutes for starters. Maybe that will happen in Week 4.
At the end of the workout I took this shot of the treadmill screen.
Over a mile and a half in under 30 minutes. That’s what Week 3 asks of you. I did 3.0 speed for walking and 5.0 speed for the running with a 1.0 incline. I did 1.5 last time and felt that was pushing it.
There is a long path that starts next to the gym and goes around the “town center” where the gym is located. I think its entirely flat. I hope next week to run outside. Its too hot to run in the afternoon when the kids are napping (and hubby is working from home). So the only other option to run outside (alone) is to drop the kids off at the gym and run on the trail around the gym. I heard from a friend thats the only time they let you leave the gym while your kids are in the play center. I think running and walking at my own pace will give me a much more accurate time assessment as to what I can expect when I complete the 5k.
I hope to complete Day 3 either Friday or Saturday. I will not let life get in the way. No excuses.
I can see why people quit in Week 4 now. The amount of time I spend walking is now equal to the time I spend running. There is now a 3 minute running interval squeezed in for added fun. I was able to keep up with the running surprisingly but I worry next week will do me in. Perhaps I will need to do Week 4 twice. My body wants to quit for sure. Luckily my mind wants to continue on. I hope my body doesn’t give out on me and I just go flying off the treadmill at some point. Wouldn’t that be a site!
Ran on the treadmill again today. I hope to run on the path around the gym next time. If only I can figure out how to get to it. I tried to use RunKeeper but there didn’t seem to be a setting for running on the treadmill to use with my workout that I entered manually. It will be useful when I run outside but on the treadmill it just seems pointless. I was able to track the total distance on the treadmill itself and then entered that manually into the RunKeeper after I had completed the workout. Not ideal.
After the crazy workout I did yesterday I thought doing the program today would help my thigh muscles relax a bit. Nope. I can barely walk up the three steps from my garage to my house. Really really sore now.
In other news: I found a fun item at Safeway yesterday. Starbucks Iced Coffee. The jury is still out on whether or not I can actually drink coffee (it usually makes me sleepy). But for now I’m happy to try the iced coffee as it is pretty tasty.