I just started Week 4 of the program. As I sit here typing, my legs are sore, my back is tight, and my shins are warm. Yet, I feel amazing all over!
Week 4 was haunting me. *
A 5 minute warm up. 3 minute running, 90 sec walking, 5 minute running, and 2 min 30 sec walking. Both are repeated a second time. Then a 5 minute cool down.
The week before was just a 2 minute run. Who decided I could run for 5 straight minutes? Anyone know? If someone finds out who, point that beast in my direction because we have a few items to discuss! Thank you!
Anyway, on to the running.
The entire 5 minute warm up was me worrying about how I was going to run for 5 minutes. Talk about being in your own head. It went so fast that before I knew it, I was hearing that little robotic voice telling me "Time to Run." I am happy to report that the 3 minutes went well. I felt in control. I felt like everything I needed to be strong was; breathing, legs, pace.
Of course the 90 second brisk walking went quicker than I could have imagined. Probably because I was staring at the clock thinking about how long 5 minutes really is. I took a nice deep breath and started my 5 minutes. It wasn't too bad. I was able to focus on the Netflix program I was watching, instead of the clock. I stayed at a pace that I knew I could handle, but still challenged me. Success!
The next intervals were fine. I had some cramping in my hip and a few shin pulls, but I wasn't going to die. I knew I had to keep going. Towards the end of the last 2 min 30 second brisk walk, I had a feeling I was going to have to walk a little more. I was trying to walk out that hip pain and find my breath again. I decided to give myself 60 extra seconds of brisk walk. This meant that my last 5 minute run would be 4 minutes.
I was still having hip and shin pain, but this is when I developed a new mantra for my training. I repeated it several times while running. I might even have yelled it out while I was running. I might have kept saying it the entire 4 minutes.
I carried twins for 38 weeks! Full term! This is nothing.
Truth be told, it is something. I know that. I am very proud of the fact that I was able to do what I did. I fought my mind. I won.
My legs are definitely feeling that jelly did too much work feeling. It is a nice reminder of my accomplishment. It is also a reminder of how far I have yet to go. Remember, my goal is to finish the Pace to Pint 5k with a PR. I have just over 5 more weeks until the race. I know I will be excited and scared, but most of all I plan to be ready!
*I look ahead on the workouts to see what I will have to do next week. I am going to TRY to stop doing that. It psychs myself out....obviously!