Tuesday, July 27, 2010

5k Training

Since Brad's keeping his end of the bargain and is nearly finished with the 2nd Potter book already, I figured it's time I pick up the pace on my side. Well, one of my sides, anyway...

I've included running as a part of my work out routine for a while, but I've always hated it. This morning, I decided to try something new. I brought HP1 with me (since I'm joining Brad and starting to read the series again) to the gym and propped it up on the treadmill. I told myself I wouldn't even look at the time or distance for as long as I could stand it.

I usually can't make it three minutes without getting winded and pleading with the treadmill to magically add numbers to the screen. Running ten minutes straight has been my record up to this point, and it was a struggle. However, with Harry to distract me, I didn't even wonder how long I'd been running until over six minutes in! When all was said and done, I ran 16 minutes solid, which was 1.13 miles, total. Longer and farther than I've ever ran at one time before! I really think I could have even gone longer, but it was time to hop in the shower, and I didn't want to wear myself out. (I know this may sound like only a little distance/length, but y'all don't realize how seriously out of shape I am.) It was the first time I ever ran that I didn't want to secretly cuss afterward, because I hate it so much. Big accomplishment!

I'm so stinking pumped about it! Looks like I found my sweet spot. I should have always known it would be Harry Potter...

Okay, okay, I shouldn't go too crazy. I know a 5k is over three miles, and I know it's outside which is way different than running on a treadmill. (I had my first experience with that this past Saturday morning when Brad took me running with him. Thankfully  he was patient with me as I gasped for air in the humid heat and realized just how hilly the world really is.) But just training my body to move for that long is a baby step I'm proud of.

Maybe I'll be able to do this after all. I'm starting to see it as a possibility, which is a really good thing. Now, if I can just figure out this meal planning business. Wish me luck!

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1 comment:

The Confer's said...

I'm not a big fan of the treadmill either...the eliptical works you out just as well and doesn't even seem like you are working that hard.


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