Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Week 10: Session 1 redo

So here I am back at  Week 10 of the 13 week walk/run Program which I started in December.
13 weeks have come and gone and I've completed 10 weeks of the program and one failed attempt at week 11. Finally after a 4 week break from the program, due to my shin splints/calf pain and getting ready for the 5k, I'm back to redo week 10. 
This means there is no time to fail, no more redo of weeks. I'm running a 10k in 4 weeks, the exact amount of weeks I will need to finish this walk/run program.
AND on top of that on my rest days I'm running a Couch-to-5k Running Plan with my 3 Girlfriends and my 64 year old mom, who feel inspired by my 5k race and now want to join in the fun that is running. I know, I know ... I think I've bitten of more then I can chew, we will have to see how it goes. The MOST I would be walk/running in the 5K running plan would be 30minutes and I think that I could totally manage that IF I really take care of my legs and stretch and ice and get proper rest. 

Yesterday was our first day of the Couch-to-5k, the session lasted about 30minutes with cool down and warm up. Everyone did really well and I was so proud of my mom for keeping up with all the young chicks. GO MOM!! 
This morning, even after cool down and stretching my shins were in pain (both of them). I was NOT happy!! I felt great during Saturday race, NO pain what-so-ever NADA, I felt great during yesterdays run and then this morning I woke up in pain. 
So frustrating, but even in pain I decided I was going to give week 10: session 1 a run.

on treadmill
5 minute warm up 
run 10minutes and walk 1minute (repeat 4 times/ 44minutes) 
5 minute Cool down 
54minutes, the treadmill said that I ran 5.5km BUT I think it lied! it is a LIAR!! 
I think I ran further then that. FOR SURE!! 
Hubby has been telling me for a while that it was off but I just didn't believe him, but after running the race on Saturday I absolutely feel like I've been running a lot more then what it has been telling me.

Todays run SUCKED!! My shins hurt, my legs hurt! I did NOT enjoy it at all. 
I wanted to quit. 
I wanted it to be over. 
WHY am I still running when I already have a medal to prove that I can run? 
WHY should I run a 10k, no one needs to run that far. 
I hate days like these, it's all a mind game and so easy to just give into it and give up and were it a year ago I would have walked away from it. 
BUT today was different I want to be here. I don't want to go back to sitting on the couch watching my life pass me by. 
I can do this. 
YES the pain sucks. 
YES it's not fun all the time. 
BUT in the end it's so worth it, I've never been more proud of myself and what I have accomplished in such a short time. 

Tomorrow, running with the girls and Thursday session 2 of week 10.  


Her Name is Rio said...

I had a bad run day myself today! Times like this its good to step back and look at the big picture. You've accomplished a lot already! Keep at it and you'll be rewarded further!

Marlene said...

I always use past and future races as motivation on those hard days. Go read your race report again and remember why you love this!

destination262 said...

I know how you feel, some days I just don't like running. But I love what Marlene said, remember why you do. That feeling of acomplishment after you did something you never thought you could do. And look at how you are inspiring others around you, that's amazing.

Average A said...

Hey, Claudia! I noticed you left a comment on Chic Runner's blog asking about how to carry water bottles... I carry an Amphipod handheld (it has a strap that goes around your hand so you don't have to grip the water bottle -- will save you from carpal tunnel big time!). I would definitely suggest looking into that! I love mine.

Today must have been a bad day for runs all around -- I had a terrible running day too, and I felt so mentally exhausted the entire time. Keep reminding yourself of how far you've come and what you've already accomplished -- sounds like you have some GREAT things in store!