I’ll be honest: not once did I do a single full run during week 2. Things kept coming up, and I was in a lot of pain at one point, and it was just blah. Two of those days, though, I think I honestly could have finished, so shame on me.
That being the case, I thought week 3 was going to be a beast and I might have to repeat week 2. My goal is to not repeat any workouts if at all possible, so that would have been bad.
To my surprise, I found week 3 day 1 to be easier than any of week 2. Maybe it’s because the runs are longer, so I don’t have to check my timer as much? (Looking at the time always instantly kicks me down a notch closer to wanting to quit. As you can imagine, this was a problem in weeks 1 and 2.) My timer froze at some point during my first three minute run, so I think I actually ran for closer to four minutes then. During the last three minute run, I took a couple of short walking breaks probably totaling about 30 seconds. Overall, not a bad run!
I’m both looking forward to and dreading the long runs. Mostly looking forward to, though :)
Week two is definitely interesting. It’s a lot easier than week one, but at the same time, more difficult. About twenty seconds in to my last run, I started to feel a stitch in my side and just called it quits and walked the rest of the time. On Wednesday, though, I think I should have no problem finishing it.
The weird thing about it is that the pain has changed. In week one, my heart was pounding and my lungs felt like they were going to explode towards the end, and that’s what really got me. This week, I’m not having nearly as much of a problem with that. It’s my lower legs that are really hurting. (I think I prefer that to the whole heart pounding thing, though. It’s a lot easier to work through.)
On a side note, though, I did manage to pick up my speed today, if only briefly. There was an unmarked white van that seemed like it was following me for a few seconds and you wouldn’t believe how fast I bolted.
This is kind of redundant, as I have several fitness-related goals I’m working on achieving, but it encompasses them all, so why not? Plus, I’ll really love it when I can finally say I’ve done this.
I’m not looking to be some super buff athletic type. I have no interest in that now, and I highly doubt I ever will. My idea of being fit is being able to run for a few miles without having to stop and being able to crank out a respectable number of push ups and sit ups. (Not to mention, being at a healthy body weight – for me, technically anything 160 and under, but I’d prefer 135-145.) That’s all I’m really going for.
I have a year to achieve this goal, and I believe I will. We’ll just see how soon it is :)