Monthly Archives: January 2012

One Mile at a Time

I haven’t  posted on here for a bit because I kind of been struggling on what to write.  Right now, my runs are all in the basement on the treadmill.  Pretty boring.  Nothing too exciting goes on down there except when The Husband accidentally shuts the light off and I almost kill myself trying to yell at him and not fall off the treadmill at the same time.   Funny how I automatically lose my balance in pitch black darkness.

Last night after the baby was in bed, I had a nice long talk with The Husband about all kinds of stuff.  Just a nice conversation where we talked about everything and nothing.  It was such a nice change of pace since our topics of conversation is usually Baby this and Baby that.  He asked me lots of questions about my running and it felt really good to stop, think about, and discuss my running with him.

One of his questions to me was “How far do you want to take your running – what is your ultimate goal?”  It’s something that I’ve been thinking about for the last couple of weeks.  I’ll be ending Week 7 and starting Week 8 of my 9 week training program.  What should I do after I complete the program? Do I start increasing my mileage? Do I work on speed? So while thinking about the answer, I realized that I don’t want to be a Marathoner.  I don’t think I have the attention span for that.  What I really think I want to do is focus on short distance running.  Run really great, quality 5ks and some 4 milers.  Maybe having an ultimate goal of doing a 10k.  I don’t want to put a time line on it.  I just want to break off little pieces as I go.  For some reason saying all this out loud made me feel energized about my running…and proud. Sometimes I wish I was running 6 miles at once RIGHT. NOW.  I know the distance that I run currently some runners can do in their sleep.  That’s ok. I have to realize that they had to work at it too.  Sometimes I lose sight of that. So, allow me to pat myself om the back for a sec, because right now, running two miles is pretty effing huge for me.  For me, a mile ran is a mileWON.

YAY YAY YAY

This post is the complete opposite from last post’s pity party! Week 5 was challenging.  The runs weren’t feeling as easy as they were the past 4 weeks. I don’t know if was from all the extra holiday food laying around or the added extra activities that come with the holidays, but my energy level felt way off.  I got through each of the work outs but I felt wiped out.  Plus, I was dreading workout no. 3 all week.

Work out no. 3 which was on the agenda for last night consisted of a brisk walk for 5 minutes then a two mile (or 20 min) run.  Really? Just like that? No walks? Just run?  For 20 minutes straight? Just like that. I thought the Couch to 5k program must be on crack.   How was I going to be able to do this?! Apparently, the program has more faith in me than I do!

I waited until the baby was asleep, made sure I was hydrated, and let it rip.  Success! It was one of THE BEST runs I had so far.  I was able to get into my zone pretty quickly and I focused less on the time and more on how I was feeling.  No knee pain, no cramps, no burning calves – I had no reason to stop or give up!

I felt so great after I was finished! I was proud of myself for completing the workout and being able to run for 2 miles straight.  A new wave of confidence washed over me and I feel more capable of being able to run the race I’m planning on in February (more on that later).

This was exactly the kind of run I needed in order to forget about last Monday’s crapfest and keep going.

I am so thankful for all the great comments I received on my last post.  It helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself and to keep trying. I need to expect that there will be some crap runs mixed it with some really great runs.  I guess I always thought that once you got the hang of running, the struggle wouldn’t be there.  Now I see that was a pretty unrealistic expectation. It was nice to hear from some runners that every once in a while things don’t always go so smoothly.