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.