Week 2 finally done!

Boy I don’t know how many weeks it took me to do week 2! I just couldn’t run at my usual 5.5. I ran at 4.5 almost the whole time. It was excruciatingly slow, but it was manageable. At 5.5 my tummy started aching. I didn’t want to set myself up for failure and stop mid way, so I slowed down. As long as I’m running, right?

It wasn’t hard at 4.5 though. I felt good afterwards. Finally maybe feeling the runner’s high? I don’t think I’ve really felt it so far. It’s just always been painful to run! It’s great, now I can start week 3. Hopefully it won’t take me quite so many weeks to do that week! It’ll be quite a step up, though. 4 days of training – 4m, 4m, 6m and 3m. Should be quite an adventure! 🙂

Even a bad run is better than no run

I read this quote online somewhere today and it works great for today. I spent the entire day building myself up go getting on that treadmill today. Finally I did, at 5 pm. I ran for 1.5 miles – I need to complete 3. For some reason I accidentally pulled the emergency cord on the treadmill and stopped suddenly. My stats were all gone. I started it up again, at the same speed, but my tummy started hurting and I gave it up after 2 mins. I couldn’t complete my 3 mile run. But I still feel good. It took all the willpower I had to get up on that treadmill. It took all day of reading and pinning running motivational quotes. I’m glad I did what I did. It’s a success! 🙂

PB: Week 2 day 3 – fully done! Whoo!

I started running thinking I’ll skip the 5 mile continuous running goal of day 3 and move to day 4 and run 3 miles. And I decided to start really slow. I ran at 4.5 for almost 10 mins, realized I was gaining miles waaaay too slowly, so increased to 5.1 mph. My usual is 5.5. I stuck to that speed and ran straight through for an hour to complete my first ever 5 mile run! My max continuous running time, at 5.1 mph: 59 mins. Max distance run: 5 miles. I felt great afterwards. It’s strange. I didn’t feel excited happy, like jumping up and down happy. I felt calm happy. At peace happy. It’s good. I don’t want to push myself to make sure I run that half marathon (although secretly I really want to), I just want to follow the training plan as best as I can without injury and without worrying about June. That way maybe even if I haven’t completely trained for it I might still be able to push myself to do it in the very end. Or not. 🙂

Week 2 day 3 – partly done

This is way harder than I was expecting! Jumping my continuous running mileage from 4 miles straight to 5 miles was hard! I couldn’t do it. I ran yesterday, for a total of 5 miles, but I stopped the treadmill 3 times. Just stopped, went to the restroom, not because I needed to but because I wanted a break, came back, and ran. I think I should try running it again. My legs hurt though, so I am taking a day off today. That sucks, because I am losing important training time if I’m to be ready by June for my half marathon.

I spent some time yesterday reading up on running and training and whether it’s possible for someone in six months to go from not running at all to a half marathon. I don’t know. What I do know is that I’m not at a stage yet where I feel like I’m at a good running pace, which you are supposed to get to at some point. Sure, I can run for almost 40 mins without stopping, but every minute is hard. From the beginning to the end. I run at a slow pace on the treadmill – 5.5 miles/hr, or 10 minute per mile, but I still feel tired. I think I just need to keep running now, get my body used to it, and not worry about that half marathon in June. I’ll go for it, and if I’m not ready, I’ll just walk the rest of the way or leave. I’ve registered and paid a ton for it so I’ll go for sure. Of course I keep hoping I’ll get there, to that fitness level. Let’s see. I can keep running now, at my pace, get my body fitter, and then switch to a 12 week plan or a 10 week training plan. I think I just need to stop worrying and keep running.

Hope you are having better fitness days than me! 🙂

Week 2 day 2 done

I missed two entries I think, but I did a 3 mile run yesterday. I’m so nervous about jumping right into a 5 mile run! I was having some bad days, so I took a 3 day break and ran yesterday on the 4th day. Unfortunately that means that my legs are hurting a bit today after yesterday’s run, and I’m not quite sure I should attempt the 5 mile run today. That’s too bad, I lost 3 days and now because of that I’m losing even more training days. But I should just remember – in the end I’ll maybe speed up the training or walk the rest of the distance if needed. I’ll be fine. I don’t want to put a lot of stress on myself. And if I don’t complete the Rock ‘n Roll training on time, I can always do some other half marathon a month later or so!

So today, I’ll take a break, let my legs recover. Cool, I feel better. Training is so hard! But the rewards are great. I recently went to a building with seemingly endless stairs to get up. I climbed them so easily, almost ran up them! Just 2 months ago I’d have huffed like mad to get up there! Training definitely makes you fitter, and it shows in real life! That’s my motivator now. Maybe hiking will become easier for me too soon. I might even be able to run up the trails like so many of those crazy fit people I’m so envious of do! 🙂

PB: 4 miles continuously – Week 1 Day 3

Did 4 miles in 44 mins. On the treadmill. My last PB was 3.7 miles continuous – which was an attempt to do the 4 miles prescribed by day 3. Had to stop short last last. Did it, somehow, pushing myself, yesterday! Yay! And just recently I did my first 3 miles (5k) on the treadmill. So happy!!!

I still can’t believe that not very long ago I couldn’t ever believe I could run!

My training plan again:

Schedule
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week 1
off
3 miles
off
3 miles
off
4 miles
3 miles
Week 2
off
3 miles
off
3 miles
off
5 miles
3 miles
Week 3
off
4 miles
off
4 miles
off
6 miles
3 miles
Week 4
off
4 miles
off
4 miles
off
6 miles
3 miles
Week 5
off
5 miles
off
5 miles
off
7 miles
2-3 miles
Week 6
off
5 miles
off
5 miles
off
7 miles
2-3 miles
Week 7
off
6 miles
off
4 miles
off
8 miles
2-3 miles
Week 8
off
6 miles
off
4 miles
off
8 miles
2-3 miles
Week 9
off
5-6 miles
off
4-5 miles
off
9 miles
2-3 miles
Week 10
off
5-6 miles
off
4-5 miles
off
9 miles
2-3 miles
Week 11
off
6 miles
off
5 miles
off
10 miles
2 miles
Week 12
off
6 miles
off
5 miles
off
10 miles
2 miles
Week 13
off
5-6 miles
off
4-5 miles
off
11 miles
2 miles
Week 14
off
5-6 miles
off
4-5 miles
off
12 miles
2 miles
Week 15
off
5-6 miles
off
4-5 miles
off
6 miles
3 miles
Week 16
off
4-5 miles
off
4-5 miles
off
13.1
off

Completed the couch to 5k yesterday, yay!

I started my c25k effort in late Dec last year. I could run a decent amount then, in fact I ran two sets of the training plan. But I could not run continuously. That I had to build up.

I needed to switch my webpage over to the this new site. My old page was http://raleign9.wordpress.com, which was just the default site. But I wanted to switch it, so stopped writing for a bit. But I did continue running, having some good days and some bad, and now finally I have gotten to running 5k! I run continuously at 5.3, on a treadmill (I still haven’t run outside at all), at no incline. But I do it!

Along the way my legs complained too much because of running two sets. Mainly after I got to week 7, where we had to run 25+ mins continuously. Two sets of those weren’t good for me. So i switched to 1 set, which brought down my overall mileage (and run duration) down by a significant amount. It was great for muscle pain too, it just disappeared! So this last week, I have run 5 times already! One was a continuous run of 2.7 miles, then 2 5ks, then today a 3.7 mile! I thought I’d push myself to do week 1 of the 16 week training plan, and do day 3 today since the first two days were 5k. But this transition period to suddenly start running much longer distances will be as tough as I was dreading it to be. My legs were hurting and I was somewhat shaking after 3.7 miles, so I just stopped. But I’ll keep going, hopefully it’ll get easier to run an extra mile without worrying too much about it!

I’m thrilled though. Today, my PB was 3.7 miles continuous. Mostly at 5.3, a few mins at 5.4, and the last few mins at 5.6 coz I knew I couldn’t last much longer and wanted to push myself and to get mileage at the end.

I’m thrilled, I tell you! Thrilled! 🙂

It can be done!!! By very normal human beings that have never run before, that have led a very unhealthy life right from childhood!

Jan 15, 2015: 4.4 miles, 60 mins, Week 6, day 3

Yay, I’ve completed week 6! I did two sets of continuous running at 5.1! It was hard, and many times towards the second session I just wanted to give up! The treadmill is great for goals like this – it forces you to go on the designated speed unless you reduce it. If I was running outside I’m not sure I’d have managed it. I do have to start running outside soon I think. Maybe I’l just complete my 5k run indoors, then run them a few times outside, then start on the actual marathon training plan. Buy yay, 22 mins continuous, that too at 5.1, that too twice! I’m thrilled! How long I’ve come since I started running! I couldn’t run more than 2 mins without my legs cramping or my heart screaming!

Tomorrow I’ll start week 7. I want to run 5 days a week, and I’ve run three days in a row. I’ll do all 5 days in a row, and take Sunday off. Then start again on Monday. Yay! I have been in a somewhat low phase, and the runs of the last 2 days didn’t do a lot to lift my spirits, except I felt good to have achieved the runs. But today’s run has really lifted my spirits.

I haven’t lost any weight since I started running. A friend told me losing that first pound is the hardest, but you just have to stick with it. After that it slowly starts going down. I’ve been eating less, or trying to, but haven’t been measuring my calories so I’m not sure if I’m actually managing to. I used to track calories on the app ‘Lose It’, but I’m looking for an app that’ll track more than just calories. Tracking proteins is important, since I’m a vegetarian. Tracking others minerals and vitamins too would be great. Anyone has any ideas of such apps?

Oh my, I just saw the week 7 plan. All three days, just run flat at 25 mins continuously. Whoa, that’s just going deep in now! No more intervals any more! Okay, so the big guns are out now! Great, I’ll do it! And since I’m doing two sets, maybe I’m getting my training faster than I had expected! Whew, it’s making me nervous and excited!

6
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 22 minutes) with no walking.
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
7
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).

Jan 13, 2015: 4.2 miles, week 6, day 1

After a really long break that I shouldn’t have taken, I finally ran again today. I moved on to week 6 of my couch to 5k training program, and I did 5 mins run/3 walk/8 run/3 walk/5 run. And 2 sets of these. I only ran at 4.5 though, since it has been 5 days since I ran, I didn’t want to push myself. I am hoping to go much faster tomorrow and at least bring myself up to my PB of 4.5 miles in the hour. The training program is good but I feel like I’m slower because of it. I will continue the plan though, I think it’s way better than a plan that I can come up with myself!

Anyways, I’m truly happy to be running again. Everything got back on track today. I woke up early (7 is early for me, especially lately), I cooked, I did some cleanup work around the house. I now need to upload all my photos from the last 100 years to my photo website, and not eat too much so I can lose weight, and today will be a perfect day! 🙂