Well, I made it through Week 3! I have now officially gone farther with the Couch to 5K program than any of the other times I've tried! Woooo hooooo!!! This week wasn't quite as hard as I expected it to be, but running for 3 minutes at a time definitely wasn't the easiest thing I've ever done. The first two weeks, I could fantasize about someday, maybe, possibly running a half or full marathon. Week three's struggle with running for 3 minutes definitely brought me back to reality. But despite the struggle, I'm still enjoying running. For now, at least! The weather was a little weird this week, too, swinging from cool to cold to warm. At least I'm getting to try running in all kinds of weather....but in one week?
Day 1: I was nervous about today. I told myself to just go out there, follow the voice prompts on the app and not look at the timer; stay out of my own head and just run. I pretty much did that, but now the app tells me how much time I have remaining on the runs. "Two minutes to go..." and then an eternity later "One minute to go..." This was both a blessing and a curse. I wasn't expecting that, so it played with my head a little since I was really trying to ignore all things time based, but I was still able to get through all the run intervals without having to walk. And the wind, OMG, the WIND!!! A cold front was on it's way in and was trying to blow me off the running path and into the golf course/street/gutter/trees. I felt like someone was pushing their hand on my forehead. Frustrating, but my pace was still mostly consistent with last week.
Day 2: Today was an important day. Possibly the most important day. I've never managed to get to Day 2 of Week 3, so despite the very cold conditions, I bundled myself and Jack up and made myself get out there and run. And I felt okay. I don't mind running in the cold (in fact I've run in much colder conditions before) and I actually kind of like it. Jack took his mittens off and his hands were freezing when we got done; I guess I'll just have to tape them to his hoodie next time. Live and learn. I'm not sure if I'm ready to progress to Week 4 yet. I might repeat Week 3 again and maybe that way Week 4 won't be quite at painful. It wasn't as windy today (thankfully!)
Day 3: Dennis was off work today and came running with me. This was fantastic because I didn't have to push the stroller!!! Let me repeat: I didn't have to push the stroller!!! It was glorious. It was everything I hoped it would be. Not pushing the stroller could've ended up one of two ways: one, the run would be easier and faster, but I would still pace myself and get through the whole run or two, I would go crazy and run balls-to-the-wall blowing out my legs and causing my heart to explode leaving me a dead lump of meat on the side of the jogging trail. I was hoping for the first option but expecting the second. Imagine my surprise when the first option became a reality! I'm not 100% sure if the pace/distance/time are accurate because halfway through the warm-up I accidentally hit a button on my phone and the warm-up restarted. So I did a little bit more of the warm-up, then manually skipped ahead to the first run segment. Looking at the map and total workout time makes me think I simply cut the total warm-up time by about 1 minute, but I'm so surprised at my pace that I question if everything was accurate. But the most important part of today was I didn't have to push the stroller!!! Oh, and I was able to take a couple of pictures of where I run.
I looked ahead to Week 4, and the plan is to run for 4 minutes, then run for 8 minutes! I don't know if I'm physically able to run for 8 minutes or not, but I know I'm not psychologically ready for that challenge, so I'm definitely going to repeat Week 3. Then, whether or not I like it, I'm going to take on Week 4. I'm still feeling mostly good about running and I'm still enjoying it. I also signed up for Daily Mile to track my total miles for the year and I installed a nifty widget to my sidebar that displays my total miles. Now, to head to the park!