Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I might be stronger than I think...

So, this week I was scheduled to start Week 6 of the 5K program I'm doing.

Here's a reminder of how it looks:

I was super stressed out about going from running a 2 minute interval to running a 4 minute interval. So, on the last run of week 5, instead of doing what's written, I ran 3 walked 1. That was surprisingly doable, so I planned to continue it this week.

Well Monday came and I started my run. I decided to just see if I could run for 4 minutes. Surprisingly, I CAN! The only thing is, I haven't run 6 sets yet like Week 6 suggests, mainly because both days I've run this week I've been a little short on time. Tomorrow I'm going to try the 6 sets, which will take my run up to 30 minutes. According to my Nike app, I'm averaging just over a 10 minute mile (including walk breaks) so I feel pretty confident I'll be running 3 miles from here on out.

Now, in other news, I'm feeling the need to do some sort of lifting. These past few weeks I've gotten my runs in, but that's it. I'm not doing enough for weight loss and I hate that. I miss lifting, but I don't have time since I already use my lunch breaks to do my runs.

I'm taking some medication right now that makes me sleep really soundly. That's great, but I keep sleeping through my alarm. So I haven't been getting up to workout. So something needs to change. Cross training is important. Even though my main goal is running and training for the half right now, I NEED to do something else besides run. So I'll work on that.

And that is my Week 6 update....

Monday, June 8, 2015

Running is... improving!

I finally finished Week 4 of the 5K program I'm doing. Today I started Week 5. I went from running 2 minutes/walking 1 minute to running 2 minutes/walking 30 seconds. It was surprising how challenging that was!

But I did it. I did all 10 intervals. I am beyond proud of myself.

Yes I did it inside on the track, and until further notice, that's where I'll be running.

Here's what my week last week looked like:

So this week will hopefully be another week of 4 days running. Goal is 10 miles.
Also, this is my new favorite song to run to:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

This just in: Running is hard when it's hot...

I have held on and held on to my outdoor runs, but it's barely June and it's already getting too hot. Yesterday I tried to run outside for 2 miles and at about 1.5 miles I gave up and walked back to my office, defeated. said it was 84 degrees but felt like 90.

Today when it was time to run, I wasn't super excited. I didn't want a replay of yesterday's depressing experience. The heat was just too much. So, I moved indoors to the track at the gym. To my surprise and delight, my Nike running app still works indoors! This was the main thing keeping me from moving indoors- I want to track everything on the Nike app.

I had a successful run. My goal was to run 2 minutes/walk 1 minute 8 times. I added a tiny bit of running at the end (about 30 seconds) just to get me to 2 miles, because I'm a little OCD. But I felt pretty good.

It was amazing how different and BETTER my run was when I did it inside.

I promise I'll go back to running outdoors as soon as it's below 75 degrees...

And I don't have any pictures. Not of myself looking like a drowned rat in the heat. Not of my Nike app. Not the track. Not the pretty water I'm not running next to anymore. But I'm just so excited that I may finally surpass Week 4 of the 12 week plan that I don't care too much...