Ran 9 miles today

In the last one month I have run a total of 5 times, including today. I did an 8 mile run, continuous, which I was thrilled by. I then kept losing time, then would have to start by conditioning my body a bit. Last Sunday, I did the Diabetes-Nordstrom Beat and bridge run in Seattle – an 8k run. It was my first run that long that was outdoors, and my first outdoors run with hills. Needless to say, I was slow. Out of 2000 women, I was number 1600 or so. So in the tail end of the run! But I was feeling super thrilled, because I did it. Even though 5 miles felt quite okay to me – I’ve done 8 miles after all, and 5 miles many times on the treadmill, it still felt really great.

This run was on Sunday. I did a 2 mile run on Saturday to condition my body. I wanted to do 4, on Thursday or Friday, but it just kept not happening. I had run a 4 mile after a long break and my muscles hurt too much, that’s why I decided to just do a 2 mile to help warm up my body a bit but not get it into a hurting state. It worked, coz I wasn’t sore the next day for my big beat the bridge run. Which was really great.

I was sore on Monday and Tuesday, so perfect excuse to not run. Wed I just didn’t, though I kept planning to. Thursday too – I started my new job, but I had planned to wake up on time and not use that as an excuse. But no, I didn’t. Friday I had taken the day off – I had asked for it even before starting the job, because we are leaving in the afternoon for a little trip nearby. So I decided that no matter what happens I need to take my training to the next level. Not try to build up. Just do it. So I did 9 miles!!!!

So… guess what??? I did 9 miles!!!!

You know what, I’m going to sound really stupid or what not.. but can you imagine.. I did 9 miles!!!! I seriously rock!!!!

So now I can spend my weekend recovering and not worrying about having to run on the weekend. And when I come back, I can continue my training.

My half marathon is on June 13. I have two more weeks of training. The last week I think I shouldn’t be running a lot. So I should plan this out. Maybe next week in the middle of the week I should do 10 miles. Then weekend 11 miles. Then mid week 12 miles, the final weekend before the run, 13 miles. That’s really pushing it, but it’s my only hope if I want to be able to run this rock n roll! It’s all on the treadmill, so outdoors will be different, but it should be fine. I don’t need to do the mid week shorter training runs either. I should just do these big runs. 4 more training runs, then the big half marathon. That’s the only way I can do it.

So should I do it? Yes, I think I will. I can handle 4 more training runs. That’s all it is. I can push myself really hard for 4 more training runs. That’s all there is to it! Just 4 more! And today, I could have kept going. My back was starting to hurt a bit, although i kept pushing myself to keep it totally straight. I just need to watch my form better next time, and it should be totally do-able! Yay! End goal in sight!!! 🙂

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.


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 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! 🙂

Jan 7, 2015: 4.3 miles today, again

I was going to run yesterday but had a tummy ache, so decided to skip it. I decided to do a second shot at the 20 mins continuous program instead of continuing my couch to 5k program, because I wanted to try and run continuously for 20 mins at a slightly faster pace. So I did!

I felt great before the exercise – I had originally thought of giving myself another day’s break from exercising, but I just inherently felt like I really wanted to run today! Isn’t that great! I had 2 slow days where I mostly vegged out, didn’t cook much, watched a ton of CBS shows, and then today I automatically emerged energized and motivated. Sometimes just letting yourself veg for a bit works wonders because then the good phase just comes rolling in.

The run was tough. I ran for 20 mins continuously, 2 sets, but this time at 5.1 mph instead of 4.5 like last time. I started out energetically but was really pushing myself. I did it though, and both sets after a 5 min walk break. At the end I didn’t run to make up the mileage, I just let myself walk the rest of the hour slowly. It’s amazing!

Now I’m properly done with week 5 though. Since I’m running 5 times a week and the training is 3 times a week I hhave an opportunity to run a single day twice in a row, get more practice.

As a reminder, this was the three days of week 5 in my training plan:

Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

And this is the three days of week 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)

Jan 5, 2015: Did 4.3 miles

It was a good day. I did 20 miles continuously jogging at 4.5! This is my PB, my earlier number was 16. I did this set twice and mostly walked the rest of the time to finish off my hour, except on the last stretch I ran again a bit to increase my mileage. It was a slow day emotionally, I didn’t feel like doing much, but made myself get up and exercise. Felt similarly lethargic even after, and next next day, although I felt great that I ran and achieved it. The best part was that it didn’t feel too exhausting. 4.5 was a very good speed for me. I know that that is way too slow and I need to build it up, but I will.

So stats:
Distance: 4.3
Time: 60 min
Pace: 4.5 mph for 2 sets of 40 mins, otherwise 3.2 mostly.
Elevation: 0
Mode: treadmill

Jan 3, 2015: 4.4 miles today!

Today was a better day. I was exhausted, I wasn’t in my very best energy state, but I was better than yesterday. My legs didn’t hurt too much from yesterday’s run thankfully. I did the day 2 of c25k again, which is 8 run 5 walk 8 run, and I did two sets to complete my one our run.

I did 4.4 miles in 60 mins. Mostly at 5.3, occasionally at 5.7. At the end I went fast in the last 4 mins or so.

I have decided to do a 2 day run a one day break. That will put me at 5 days a week, which will be perfect. It’ll not be the same 5 days each week, but that’ll work for me, since it’ll give me regular breaks after 2 continuous days. I don’t want to have to do 3 or more continuous days, which I’ll have to do if I’m fixing the weekdays to run.

Next run, after tomorrow’s break, is the really big one! I have to run 20 mins continuously! I’ll make sure to pace myself and run slow until the very end. I’m nervous and excited at the same time. That’ll be my longest continuous run ever!

When I was a kid i had noticed that when I was learning a chapter in Math at school, it became much easier after I learned the more complicated chapters based on the simple one. Then somehow my brain worked faster at learning the base chapters, and my body adapted to it in a better way.

Then when I did the Annapurna hike in Nepal in 2012, we were told that to acclimatize to the higher altitudes, you should hike up and then come back down. The body then produces more oxygen and it’s better ready for the next day when you actually gain altitude.

The same thing applies here I think. 8 mins of continuous running feels very hard. But after doing 20 mins, 8 mins will start becoming easy. And when I start the other main marathon training program, 3 miles continuous running will be very simple. If I don’t push myself to go farther and keep practicing the same thing, 8 mins run, then I won’t get very far. I thin that’s what I’ve been doing so far. I haven’t pushed myself more. But I also didn’t know how to – I kept worrying that I’ll overdo it. The training plan for the marathon gives me a well documented way to push myself. It’s wonderful.

I love having a goal to work towards, it’s so much better for me than just doing it on my own! I have friends who do really well with the regular workouts though. They push themselves, increase their incline, run longer and faster, but don’t need a goal to keep strong. That’s wonderful, and I’m thoroughly impressed. But I do. We do what we can, right? Whatever works for us, whatever motivates us, we need to find it and do it. I know I hate going to the gym, and I hate the membership fees. I do much better with these kinds of goals. I did the Susan Komen 3 day walk in 2012, and then the Annapurna hike. It helped me a ton to have a team to train with, to have a goal to work for. But i didn’t really help me become very fit. It was temporary, then it got over. This is the year I can finally feet fit! 🙂

Hope everyone out there is starting the new year strong too! Good luck everyone, and all the very best to you!

Dec 31, 2014: Leaving 2014 with a running bang!

I just did my ever ever run yet. 4.3 miles in an hour. To you experienced runners this is probably laughable. But boy oh boy I feel like a rock star! I came from nothing! I believed all my life that I couldn’t run, because I got muscle pain in my calves when I ran. It actually took me a really long time to understand that it was normal for someone who has never run or exercised much as a kid. That all it takes is practice!

I ran yesterday, so I wasn’t going to run today. But I wanted to try the week 5 day 1 of couch to 5k. So I went for it. 5 mins jog, 3 walk, 5 jog, 3 walk, 5 jog. I ended almost 30 mins later, with a little less than 2 miles under my belt. And I decided to push myself. My legs were hurting just a little bit from yesterday, so I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to push myself. I decided to do it. And I did! I did the same set for the next 30 mins. At the end, I was remaining with 6 mins and about 0.4 miles below 4 miles. I decided to push it, and I ran, at 5.1. So the last stretch, instead of 5 mins long ended up being 11 mins long!

For all of you that have never run and don’t think you can run, use me as your example. I was just like you. Last year I decided to start by jogging 1 min and increasing it by 1 min every time. That helped me build up quite a bit. And slowly, but surely, you can get into the couch to 5k rhythm. Just take your time, run whenever you can, keep switching to walking when you get tired, but switch back to running when your heart has cooled down and your muscle ache has gone, then run again. Do it a few times, or many times like in my case, and the muscle pain goes away! Oh and stretch!

2015 is going to be a great year, I can feel it in my bones. I’m going to do my half marathon in June, then maybe push to a full marathon by end of year. I’m going to lose all that extra fat I’ve been lugging around on me for 8 years now. And I’ll get into such a disciplined exercise routine that it’ll become easy to do it. I won’t need external motivation and discipline, I’ll just do it! Hope you can all join me in this! Let’s motivate each other!

61 mins, 4.3 miles.
Typically 5 min running stretches of 4.5 mph or the last two stretches of 5.1 mph. With 3 mins walk breaks after each run.
Last stretch 11 miles, 5.1 for 9 mins and 6.1 for the last 2.5 mins.

Dec 30, 2014: My running has begun again!

I had started running last year in the beginning of the year. I wanted to run a half marathon, the Seattle Rock and Roll, which usually happens on June 21. But mid-way my running effort was stopped, and I decided to switch to swimming instead. I did, and that was great! I can now swim, mostly, but I can’t tread or stay in the deep end for more than 2 minutes without getting tired. So then I float or hold on to the pool wall on the side. Treading water is very inefficient for me at this point.

Anyways, so I am back to the half marathon goal for this year! I started running again now and then, but for the last two weeks I have been more serious. Day before yesterday I walked/ran 4 miles in an hour. It may sound lame to you readers, but this has been a huge win for me in 2014! Today I walked/ran for 4.1 miles in an hour! Whoop whoop!!!

So my latest stats for today:

Walked/ran 4.1 miles in 60 mins.
Did a max continuous stretch of 16 mins at 5.3.
Then did a 7.5 mins stretch, and finally a 4 min stretch. All at 5.3.

I researched in detail how to prepare for a half marathon. Details will be in my next post.