It’s A Work In Progress

As you readers who have been following along on this journey of mine know I’ve been doing run training, and working on my mile time.  Last week I went back to doing the last week of the program in which you have a 5 minute warm up and cool down with a 10 minute run session in between.  I can actually run for 10 minutes at my “fat man jog” speed for 10 minutes without any problems.  Sure I’m looking at the clock to see how much longer I have, but I can do it, and I am not huffing and puffing, and praying for death.

Today, started a new week and with that I decided that it was time to up the speed.  I increased my speed by 1/2 a mph.  Not much, but it sure felt like it.  I actually only ran for 5 minutes straight, then took a walking break, and followed it up with another 5 minutes.  I was winded after the first 5 minutes, and definitely breathing a bit harder than I’m used to.  However, now thinking back on it, I’m a little annoyed with myself, I bet if I really pushed myself I could have done the full 10 minutes.  Yes, I would have been gasping for air and definitely ready to curl up for a nap after, but I am pretty sure I could have done it in one set instead of breaking it up into 2 sets.  So Wednesday is my day, I am going to give it my all and try to make it the full 10 minutes.

And, well if I only make it 6 minutes, well it’s one more than today.  The only person I have to prove myself to is me.  I am only competing against myself, and well I’m getting antsy to make it to that 10 minute mile.  I can and will do it.  It’s a work in progress, and I am working on it.

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It’s Getting Harder

I’ve been working on my run training diligently for the past 11 weeks, and well today I wanted to die.

I did the entire mile training program once before, but have since started it over in an attempt to get to that elusive 10 minute mile I’m chasing. Today, was the last day in week 3’s training. And, for week 3 I only run a total of 3 minutes. Not a lot by any means, but when running at 6mph, which is like a sprint for me right now it can be a lot. Especially, when it’s broken up into 2, 15 second bursts and 2,  75 second bursts.  The 15 second bursts I’ve got down those don’t phase me at all.  However, the 75 second bursts were awful. I ended up needing to hold on to the treadmill in order to make it through the entire time, and well after I was done I was definitely sucking wind, not to mention the tightness I felt in my chest. I’m a bit nervous because next week it’ll be 2 minutes straight of running and if I feel this way after 75 seconds how on earth am I going to be able to do it?

I am impressed with myself that I was able to pound it out and accomplish the run part today, but I know every day from here on out is just going to get harder, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to only spend one week on a training. I may be repeating some weeks to build up my stamina even more than the program creates. It’s ok if that’s what I need to do though, because the only person I am doing this for is me, and there is no timeline on completing this goal.

Even, with the run being difficult, after the training session was complete I did another 7 minutes of running at my normal speed, basically the fat man’s jog speed, but at least I’m doing it. So, even after being exhausted and a bit discouraged because of how hard I felt it was I did more and ran for a total of 10 minutes today. Which is a good thing. I just need to keep pushing, and working at it, and I know that it will get easier over time.

Happy running to all you runners out there.

Picking Up Speed

Friday, marked the end of my Learn 2 Run mile program. Today, marked the beginning of round 2 of this training program. I’m now working towards increasing my speed. Since I know I can run for 10 minutes without stopping, now it’s time to increase the speed.

I started the program over at week 4, and increased my run speed by 0.5mph. Not a lot by any means, but i definitely noticed the increase in speed. The longest run period in this workout was 90 seconds, so nothing I couldn’t handle, I’m sure I could have increased the speed higher, but each day more time is added and well I want to succeed at this.  Also, the only person I need to impress with my speed is me.  My only competition is myself. If it takes me the next 6 months to reach that 10 minute mile, then so be it. I have time. There is nothing saying that I need to be able to do it tomorrow. And, as the old fable goes, “Slow and steady wins the race.”

I am happy to say over the last 7 weeks I’ve come to look forward to my run workout days, and believe me that is something I never thought I’d say. It’s no longer something I dread, it’s fun, and I like pushing myself. A runner I am.

I Did It!

Today was the last day of my Learn 2 Run workout program. Today, is also the day that I ran for 10 minutes straight without stopping. I’m so proud of myself, if even a month ago someone was to say in a few weeks you’ll be able to run for 10 minutes, I would have laughed, and said, “Yeah, Okay.”  But, I did it, not only did I do it, but I was able to breathe still, there was no gasping for air, bending at the waist hands on knees after, and I didn’t feel like my heart was going to jump right out of my chest. Yes, I was sweating, breathing a little harder, and my heart was definitely beating a bit faster, but nothing like I used to experience after just seconds of running, yet alone minutes. I’m so happy that I’ve stuck with this program, and was able to prove to myself, yes you can do it.

Through this program I’ve been able to give up the negative voices in my head, that would tell me it’s too hard, it’s not worth it, you can’t do it, because today I proved them wrong.

I know I still have a long way to go, because well I’m running nowhere near a 10 minute mile, but that’s ok, because I’ve now ran for 10 minutes and can start working on the speed thing. I’ve already got the plan in place, and I will be starting the program over again at Week 4 and increasing my speed at which I run by .5mph. And, yes this will take some time to reach 6mph to get that elusive 10 minute mile, but that’s okay.  The only person I’m competing with is myself. So every time I make it to the last day of Week 8 and have made that 10 minute run, I’ve just bested my personal best.

I never thought I’d be a runner, I just felt I couldn’t do it, but after today I know that I can and will be one. Practice, hard work, and dedication is all it takes. And, well now I have those 3 things. I’m so glad that I’ve decided to make this lifestyle change and embark on this journey to healthier, fitter me. It’s been one of the best things I’ve ever done.  The things I’ve already accomplished are mind-blowing, and every day I find a new reason to be proud of myself.

Much Better Day

Today’s workout makes yesterday nothing but a little piece of the past. I kicked butt at them today! My run training went great I think I could up the speed for the running portion, although I’m hesitant to do so because I don’t want to get discouraged. I want to get to that point where I can run for 10 minutes straight, and as for it being a mile in 10 I’ll start working towards that after I get this pesky 10 minutes straight thing down.

Today, I also did a yoga workout that incorporated precision toning and dance. It was great, I’ve done it 5 times now, and today it came together for me. I was able to do the moves and flow them together smoothly along with doing correct breathing.

So as for yesterday’s crappy performance it can kiss it, because today I rocked it! I know that I can’t dwell on the crappy days, and remain positive. And, well I have been giving myself that positive encouragement, and moving past the bad.  Positive is the only way to be on this journey.