Did 4 miles, getting back on track

I was supposed to do 6 miles of Week 3 day 3 last Tuesday, but ended up having to take a break. Finally I am back on track, and tomorrow I’ll do it finally! I’m more excited than nervous!

I noticed that taking this week long break didn’t bother me as much as it was bothering me earlier if I lost training time. I somehow feel calm and confident, that I’ll be able to do the marathon anyways. Even if I don’t manage to train for it in the proper complete schedule prescribed by the training plan, I think I’ll manage in the end. I’ll just run slower, that’s all. And in 3 months I think I’ll get a pretty decent amount of training in anyways.

#feelingconfident

Took a break, ran 2 miles to get back – feel great!

Took a 3 day (actually 4) break because of doctor’s orders. I ran super slow, at 4.5 mph. And felt great. I think I am starting to become a runner. It wasn’t painful. Since I was slow, and it was a very short run (it was a very short while ago that 2 miles didn’t feel ‘very short’, but now it does!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and it was great. Tomorrow I do a 4 mile, then day after I will get back to my training plan. Week 3 day 3 of 6 miles.

Listen to your body!

My dad used to say this to me all the time – listen to your body! He was absolutely right! We are hard-wired to always want more. To never be satisfied with what we have. I was running at 5.5 mph (11 min mile) for a while, and kept wanting more but stuck at it. Now my tummy cramps even at 4.5 (13.3 min mile). I ran at 4.5 for a really long time today before my tummy finally started to relax. After that I tried to sneakily increase the speed by 0.1 mph very slowly throughout my run. My body felt it! But it was somewhat okay. Eventually on the last 0.5 miles I ramped it up to 5 mph. My tummy wasn’t too happy but it didn’t scream out either.

I’m happy that I ran my 4 miles. It’s a great achievement for someone who three months ago could barely run. Instead I keep pushing myself to do more, and keep thinking I’m not getting there fast enough. Maybe that’s how human beings excel. But that’s also how we get so stressed about everything. That’s enough of that. I’m happy. And that’s that.

Week 3 day 2 done. Now for the big 6 mile run next!

Week 3 day 1 – complete

I was a force today. I got so much work done! I was out a lot of the day, and I thought when I’d get home I’ll run. I got tired. I fell asleep. ๐Ÿ™‚ I woke up after an hour, groggy. Did some seed planting, then got energy because I finished something I was so excited about, and ran!

My speed seems to have decreased drastically. I was doing 5.5 fairly regularly, but my tummy started hurting. So I have started running at 4.5 mph. I increased it very slowly so that by the end I was at 5.1. I think I’ll concentrate on improving my mileage and do the speed work later. The run was fairly comfortable! Which is rare! That’s just my comfortable speed.

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Week 2 day 2 done

I missed twoย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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!ย 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
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