I’m back on track! After last week’s bad weather, I only got in one run for the whole week–and it was a painful, sweltering, smoky one. So this week, I redid the Week 6 program.
Here’s the Week 6 Day 1 schedule:
- 1. Warm-up walk—5 minutes
- 2. Run—5 minutes
- 3. Walk—3 minutes
- 4. Run—8 minutes
- 5. Walk—3 minutes
- 6. Run—5 minutes
- 7. Cool-down walk—5 minutes
I did the run at 1 p.m., without eating yet that day, when it was 98 degrees. I don’t recommend that decision.
Tuesday, I planned to do my Day 2 run. The program looks like this:
- Warm-up walk—5 minutes
- Run—10 minutes
- Walk—5 minutes
- Run—10 minutes
- Cool-down walk—5 minutes
But outside looked like this:
This is the city from a bridge in downtown Jacksonville, which normally provides a nice view of the river and buildings
Just for fun, here’s another shot I took two days later in (roughly) the same place on the bridge.
Hey look! You can see things!
But on Tuesday, I refused to miss another run. It’s officially hurricane season and drown-a-man humid here in Florida summers…I’m afraid I’ll be cancelling runs every week. I took matters by the horns (or some such cliche) and found a gym that offered an indoor track! I headed down after work, took a tour and got a free week pass. Score!
Unfortunately, the track was under maintenance and closed for the day. Dang. So I headed down to the treadmills and took my life in my hands.
OK, that might be dramatic. But I’ve never run on a treadmill before. The are large and intimidating. Seriously, these things were fancy! And, covered in buttons and plugs and electronics. I just wanted to run.
Other ladies kicking butt on the futuristic treadmills.
CNN was on the personal TV attached to my machine but I didn’t know how to change it so I just plugged into my phone for the C25K playlist and tried to ignore it. What I didn’t count on was feeling motion sick! The up and down of running while having the moving TV images really messed with me. Is that just me? I’m clearly a freak of nature. So, I put my towel over it and continued on.
Feeling confident near the end I saw the TV controls and decided to change the channel. I was sprinting in my final two minutes when I reached down and accidentally hit the emergency stop button. “Shiiiiiit! What the hell?!?!” That’s appropriate to yell indoors isn’t it? Luckily the 60-something-year-old lady next to me just laughed. “At least you didn’t fall off,” she said reassuringly. Thank you kind stranger.
Day 2 cooldown--began skeptical but ended successful.
Overall it was a really good run. I was able to complete the program as intended and my shins felt okay. Of course, all my data was erased when I stopped but I’m going to say I went far, quickly and burned a great number of calories. Go me, and no one can prove otherwise. 😉
Day 3’s program was just running for 25 minutes. Very scary. But I did that, too.
Day 3 AND week 6--check!
- I noticed on the third run that I was really nervous. It was really a mental game to ask myself honestly if I *needed* to walk because I was 1) hurting 2)couldn’t breathe or 3) was just bored and used to intervals of walking out of habit. I was supposed to run for 25 minutes and I only walked for 60 seconds out of all of it. No one was more surprised than me!
- Weekly mantra: “Your body can do more than your mind thinks it can.” <—Courtesy of the Army cousins staying with us this weekend.
- My endurance and flexibility have noticeably increased.
- How to run on a treadmill.
- Don’t underestimate Mother Nature or yourself.
So, that’s my recap. Did you try anything new this week? Anyone ever fallen off a treadmill. C’mon, you can tell me, I won’t laugh. Have a great weekend!
If you want to read my Couch to 5K Program Challenge journey from the beginning: Here’s Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6 and Week 7.