[move] Running Just as Fast as I Can: Week 8
I looked on The Run Wichita calendar the other day and noticed it had been updated with 2010’s races. So I picked one. I did not think it through first, obviously.
In seven weeks, I will be running 4 miles. Seven weeks. Less than 50 days. I think the reality of this situation is starting to hit me. What is the reality exactly? I currently can’t run 1/4 of a mile without thinking I’m going to die and I have to run 16 of those in seven weeks. I wasn’t a math major (I had to have a tutor just to pass college algebra), but I’m pretty sure something isn’t right with this equation. Seven weeks to go from running 1/4 of a mile to 4 miles = me panicking.
Shocker Fitness is on a two week break and, with only seven weeks to go before race time, I decided it was time for a new plan of attack. I did what any reasonable person would do and, after I stopped freaking out, I googled it. “How to go from couch to 5K in seven weeks” led me to my new plan. CoolRunning.com has a plan that helps build up endurance. Seeing something mapped out for me helped me to stop panicking and get back on track.
I bought a stop watch, talked my little sister, Caty, into coming with me and tonight we started the plan. For twenty minutes, we alternated between jogging 60 seconds and walking 90 seconds. At the end of the workout, I was sweating and could barely breathe. On paper, jogging 60 seconds doesn’t seem like much, but when we actually gave it a try, it was tough. Well, for me it was. Caty thought it would be funny to run backwards next to me and laugh at me as I gasped for air. I was not amused. I did it though. It may not have been pretty, but day one of the new plan is complete.
I’ve also decided that I need some new tunes to go with the new routine because I’ve listened to my current mix too many times. So readers, leave me a comment and tell me what music pumps you up, Arnold style.
As a bonus, use a valid email address when commenting and I will compile the very first verb [ICT] workout mix CD full of reader suggestions and send it to you.