It’s not been a great week for me fitness wise. My dad visited last week and for some reason it was just super hard to get up early and do what I needed to do before the kids’ days began. Maybe it was because my dad is an early bird and he was already awake each time I would think about getting up to go to run or walk; I guess maybe I thought I should be sitting with him or talking or making him coffee or what have you.
I logged exactly ONE run/walk last week. And it didn’t feel great; I gave up about 1.7 miles into the run and switched to a run/walk. I still pulled about 3.5 miles but it just didn’t feel good. Like I was wimping out at the same time as not feeling like I could handle it.
Yesterday I got up early and decided to give myself a pass. I knew I couldn’t talk myself into a run, so I talked myself into a long walk. I was up at six and logged over four miles, but I walked it. But it felt GOOD. It felt really good.
So today when I was awake at 5:15, I told myself it was stupid to try to go back asleep. I might as well just get up because I knew I wanted to get out there and try a run. But my head is messing with me; I felt like I couldn’t hack it.
I decided, finally, that I would do a Week 1 run from Bridge to 10K. This allowed me to think about the few walk breaks that were every ten minutes. And so I went out this morning with that in my head. I could walk for a minute, every ten minutes.
It was GREAT. No mentally talking myself out of a good run. I did have to walk twice when the app didn’t tell me to, but not for long. I pushed through the last interval without a break. All told about 42.5 minutes of running (which means just simply not walking at some points…but I take the victories when I can get them, even when they come in the form of Super Slow Jogging).
There was the warm up, the few walking intervals and a cooldown (I was able to jog about three minutes of that) so all told, about 53 minutes of activity and 4.05 miles.
It felt so great to hear “Workout Completed”. I haven’t felt that sense of accomplishment about a run in ages. I think I’m going to use my B210K app for a bit for runs. There’s something about needing to get to that time deadline that makes me force myself to adjust my pace and get through it that I don’t get when I am just logging miles; I am more willing to give up and walk it.
Today feels good.