Yes, that is right! For the first time, I feel like I may be a runner. No longer a pretender, I was able to mostly keep up this week! I was not in the back of the pack. I moved up to the bottom third, definitely forward from previously. I would be happy to be last on June 3rd. I just want to finish the race. The weather on Monday was spectacular! Let’s hope spring has really sprung! In a few weeks I will be complaining about the heat, so I had to mention the perfection of Monday.
This week our training plan is to run 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, then run 3 minutes and walk 3 minutes. I was able to complete the full 90-second runs. The first 3-minute run I lasted about 2, walked 30 seconds and then ran the last 30. The second 3-minute run I started coughing, likely a residual cough from the cold/bronchitis I am recovering from. Since Monday I did start my spring allergy remedy, so if allergies were responsible, that will resolve shortly. The cough could also be from shortness of breath with a new sport; my cardiorespiratory system is struggling to keep up. Whatever the cause, it should clear up quickly.
Monday was a huge improvement for me. Sunday, my daughter and I did an independent run on a hilly road. Huffing and puffing while running up and down those hills resulted in better endurance and a slight, noticeable improvement in my breathing the next day. We will do those hills again on Wednesday.
My daughter, as always, was way ahead of me, and she is also improving. As I move up in the pack, so does she. I may never catch her during the runs, but I walk faster than she does. On the walking sections I do close the gap a little. It is going to be interesting to see what happens as the walking time diminishes and the running time lengthens. Last week I thought the 3-minute runs would do me in. Progress is exhilarating! I might be starting to understand why so many of you love your runs.
I managed to get the hydration right for Monday, so a few of my mistakes are being righted with practice. We hit some traffic getting to the Crossings on Monday, so I only caught the tail end of the breathing instruction. I will have to work on that a bit more.
One of the coaches mentioned that my running is too noisy. I had to laugh because my mother always said that my gait was heavy; though, she told me I sounded like an elephant coming down the stairs. I did discuss this with one of the trainers during our walking time on Monday. Now I will be practicing walking between runs. So much to learn!
Interested in joining us? It is not too late. Sign up by April 8th to get in on the Freihofer’s Couch to 5k training that we are doing. What are you waiting for? It is never too late, so get going, Starting Today! Hey, if I can learn to run, so can you!