Ok, so I get up this morning knowing that I'm going to head over to the treadmill right after getting all the kids off to school. So first thing this morning, I sit down and read through some fellow bloggers who are doing this Couch to 5k training with me. I find this extra motivating and it gives me something to look forward to afterwards sharing how easy or tough todays training was.
First I read my friend Gina. She lives in Pittsburgh and has the most adorable little girl Maeve. Off subject, but Maeve took Caleb and Isaac on a date last year to a Steelers game...lots of fun!! She blogged that she has been running outside... UPHILL... Ok I'll give her that, she does live on a huge hill. So my motivation today was to take the treadmill to a 1% incline. I know thats not much but I've never run anywhere but flat land.
Next I go over and ready my friend Bethany's page. She was the mastermind behind the Operation C25K program that lots of people have joined. She has never run before and is running at a 4.9 pace on the treadmill. Those of you that know me know that I did this training back in September, October and November and then ended up running my first 5k on Thanksgiving morning. I was not quite ready to run the whole thing and it was tough, but I really loved it. My goal for this year is to run in at least three 5k. I want to increase my speed which is why I am doing this training again to focus on increasing my speed. So Bethany is running a 4.9 comfortable, I'm going to run a 5 today. I've done that but not for an entire workout session.
So off to the treadmill. I have to walk across the street to my sister in laws workout room. I listen to a podrunner Mp3 to workout and it always has some talking at the beginning so I turn on my Mp3 on my walk over to the house to get the chit chat over and go right into my workout when I get across the street. I get to my sister in laws and the cleaning lady is there...ok well I'm not bashful I came to workout I'm going to work out. Get into the room and turn on my Mp3 just in time to hear some music start. Here we go...
Warm out walk at a speed of 3.7, then run speed of 5 each on an incline of 1. Not to bad, not to bad. About 18 - 20 minutes into workout I'm thinking WOW I don't remember the beginning of the training being this hard, maybe the extra speed and incline are just working me out harder... I dunno!
32 minutes and 2.25 miles into the workout I hear the DJ get on and say Great Job you just finished Week 4!!! WHAT??? Oh my gosh, that's why today kicked my butt... Oh well, now I know I can do it.
Thanks Bethany and Gina ....Grrrrrrrrrrr.......