Thought I published this yesterday…
What you see there is all I have left to do before graduation. The walk breaks are over. I am running.
Week 4 was hands down the turning point for me. That week we began 5 minute runs and it beat me down pretty bad. I would kill for 5 minute intervals now. But I guess that’s what training is all about.
I did do something different today for my first 25 minute stretch that I wanted to throw out there. You seasoned runners will be pleased. I know I said I hated running outside but today I went to run at the local walking park. Scott and the kids packed a lunch and played on the playground and I ran. It was 55F and just a beautiful day. I found the time went faster and it was easier to adjust my pace (from really slow to much slower). And of course, I loved having my family nearby. Emma even ran out to give me my water bottle once. With the weather not permanently nice, I’m sure I’ll be going back to the treadmill but I have to say I’ll definitely be giving it more of a chance come Spring especially now that I’m doing longer runs.
I can’t say yet that I like running. I like that I’ve completed 6 weeks of training. I like that I’ve improved during those 6 weeks tremendously. I like that I’m exercising consistently. I like that a 5K doesn’t seem like an unachievable goal. I especially like that I’m not gaining weight anymore (although I’ve only lost 1.5lbs in the past 6wks). But running? Nah. Give me a stationary bike in the dark at the Y for an hour any day.