Couch to 5K: Week 3

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!

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