Just finished my run. Forget what I said about it not being humid. It was brutal. And today was the first time since I started that I cut a run sequence short. I was going to run 20 minutes straight. Then I got out there and I was just dragging. My legs felt heavy and I was breathing harder than I have been lately. Not like I did at the beginning 6 weeks ago (my gosh...has it been 6 weeks?!) but still harder than I have in a few days.
I've been running in the mornings lately. This one was at 4:00 PM. I ate my lunch late today (2:45) and gave my sandwich an hour to settle. I did gulp down a big glass of water before I left. Maybe that was a bad idea. Not sure - but it just felt like an off day.
I ran 10 minutes - walked 3 and planned to run another 10 but after 6 I decided to stop. I walked another minute and ran again. I only did 3 more minutes because I arrived at my front door about then. The extra walking messed with my route.
I decided I would rather listen to my body and for what ever reason it was being a slug today - I would go with it and get back on track Wednesday. Do I feel like a failure? No way! I went out there and ran! When I think back to that first week - where the whole sequence was 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes (and how hard the running was) and to now - where 1 minute of running is nothing(!) to me - I realized how far I've come in such a short time.
You runners out there keep assuring me that I can do this and that it will get easier. And from reading your blogs - I see you have off days too. We're all only human, right? So I will forge ahead and try to keep a log of what time of day I run - what I eat before hand - yada, yada to see if I can find my rhythm here.
If any of you out there are sitting on the fence about the Cto5k program (like I was for several months before I decided to give it a go) I am encouraging you to try it. Go at your own pace. I assure you - if you make up your mind to give it a fair chance - you will amaze yourself!
Right now...I need a shower!