This is what I imagine I look like on the treadmill.....
But this is really closer to my reality.....
35 min. 1.97 miles 128 calories
2 – 10 min. runs and 1 -5 min walk. I did REALLY good today. Ran the full 10 minutes both times. It wasn't bad today.
33 min. 2.10 miles 168 calories.
2-10 minute runs. OMG – I HATED it today. The 2nd 10 min run I had to slow down twice and walk. It seemed to take forever to do 33 minutes.
33 min. 2.19 miles 178 calories
1-15 min run and 1 – 5 min. run. I had to take 2 short walk breaks during the 15 min run. It was torture. I was sweating and breathing so hard but by the last 5 min run I was running pretty good.
30 minutes 1.95 miles 160 calories
1 -20 minute run and I could... Not... Do... It. Ugh! I started off by running 8 minutes and then walked a minute, ran a few minutes, walked a minute, ran a few minutes, walked a minute until I finished the 30 minutes for today. I got off the treadmill and sweat was pouring off me like a waterfall, my throat was burning, my chest was heaving.
I hate this program! I can’t do it. It’s too hard. I’m so angry! Why can’t I do this??? I’m not a wimp, or a quitter. I thought I was in better shape than this. I had natural childbirth when I had Tony for pete’s sake – no drugs at all, and I’d rather do that again than train for this stupid 5K. I don’t think I've ever hated anything as much as this except for algebra and having to draw a picture of a stupid horse in 4th grade. Neither of which I ever got. Cripes am I mad! I just want to kick something!
I stomped off to the shower and stood under the flow of cool water, hung my head and seriously wanted to cry. I’m not kidding. I was that mad. Slowly my breathing returned to normal, I calmed myself down, and I started thinking about Tony and how hard it was for him to lose 85 pounds in a year and totally change his eating habits. I thought about my friend Mike, who hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and then all 48 – 4000 ft. mountains in New Hampshire in a month, all for charity. I told myself to stop whining and quit acting like a baby. Yes, it’s hard. Who ever said it’s going to be easy? The hard is what will make it worth it.
And so I’ll keep plodding along. I probably won’t finish the program in the 8 weeks it’s supposed to take, and if it takes me a little longer, well, that’s ok. I’ll keep at it. I just don’t know if I’m ever going to like this.
30 minutes 1.72 miles 106 calories
OMG – I did it – I RAN 20 minutes straight today. Linda, our guest blogger last week, gave me some great tips. First of all, I slowed my pace WAY down – to 3.8 on the treadmill. I started running the 20 minute stretch and did 10 minutes and then told myself to keep going, I could do another minute, and then I did another minute, and kept running until 19 minutes and then I told myself that I only had ONE lousy minute left and to keep going. So I did. I RAN 20 minutes straight!! And I actually ran 1 whole mile in 15 of those minutes. I’m not breaking any speed records, but I did it!! I went out into the kitchen and told Tony and he gave me a big hug and told me how proud of me he was. But more important, I am proud of myself. Wow!!
Twice more this past week I've done 30 minute work outs. 5 minute walking warm up, 15 minute run for 1 mile, and an additional 5 minutes running just because I CAN, and then a 5 minute walking cool down. I'll be honest with you, the last 3 minutes of the run are tough and it's not a pretty sight. My arms are pumping and flailing, I'm sweating, feet are pounding on the treadmill and I am chanting "three more minutes, two more minutes, one more minute." Ugh. Then I'm done and I am shocked I did it.
I think I'll be ready to do Day 3 of week 7 tomorrow!