I just finished week 5 day 1. 3 sets of 5 minutes of running, separated by 3 minutes of walking. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.
I’ve been running inside on the track at the YMCA because it’s stupid-hot here. One of the drawbacks of this plan is the tracking doesn’t work on the app. Instead of a lovely little blue line drawn on the map of my neighbourhood along the lines of the roads I’ve jogged along, it looks more like my 2 year old took a blue crayon and scribbled her little heart out. It doesn’t give me the distance or the time. I tried counting the number of laps because the Y has thoughtfully posted saying 10 laps = 1 KM, but it’s hard to count and pant a the same time…So I’m not sure exactly how far I can jog in one session, but last outdoor session (week 4 day 3) was oh-so-close to 2km.
I was feeling it was getting off a little easy until I ran outside on Saturday and realized that although there are no uphills on the track, there are no downhills either. And I had done a very good job of planning my route so all the big runs were – yup, going downhill!
I’ve also discovered the miracle of coconut water.
I usually get a migraine headache after any kind of exercise (no matter how wimpy or energetic), which I have some great pills for. Running 3x week meant a lot of pills. But I tried drinking coconut water after a run, and it worked! No headache! So I tried again – and it worked again. I was never a huge fan before. I don’t hate coconut but it’s not
my first choice – but am a serious fan now. Something in it is keeping the pain away.
If only it worked for my knees.
I’m looking for new music – it’s crucial to my motivation. My play list is called Run, KB, Run, and it’s still pretty good, but I need to find a few new pieces to put in the motivation mix.Modest Mouse and Linkin Park are the best so far (I save them for the end of the long runs…like 5 minutes long…). I like a good driving drum beat.
I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking to this. I still can’t say I love it, but I enjoy working through the different levels.
I also took the shoes out yesterday to show someone and remind myself they are so very, very lovely. At this rate, I’ll be able to debut them in September.