Hardcore Week Four

Remember how three days ago I was obsessed with the Couch-to-5K 5K training program? I figured out the reason for that today. The first three weeks were easy peasy. Week Four…not so much.

Up to this point, the program has been super straightforward. Five minute warm-up walk followed by running/walking for the same amount of time. I was in for a surprise when I checked out the Week Four requirements.

The opposite of straightforward.

Today’s run/walk was complicated! Up until now I’ve been able to keep everything straight without writing it down on my hand, but not today. Alas. I use minutes rather than distances to keep track of my runs because honestly, I’ve got to be one of the worst judges of distance ever. I can run about 10 feet and think it’s 100 yards. Since I don’t have a Garmin (…yet), minutes/seconds work way better for me than x amount of yards/miles. That’s another thing I really like about the Couch-to-5K program: it gives you the option of distance or time.

Today’s run/walk was also a lot more work than the past three weeks have been. That’s not a bad thing, really, because I want to do decently well on this 5K…I just wasn’t expecting it. Let me tell you my face was RED by the time this run was over! Phew!

After every workout I finish with a couple planks, because my upper body strength and core strength are pretty much nonexistent. Hooray for killing two birds with one stone! Lately I had been doing a 30 second plank followed by a 30 second break followed by another 30 second plank, but I stepped it up today and did 35 on 30 rest 35 on. Because I’m that hardcore, guys. 

In other news, I discovered a new running path today.  I’m a day camp counselor, and today I had to start my day at a different drop-off location than the one I usually work at. I found out there’s a nice paved running path that goes right past where I work. Positives: it’s a new route and it’s off the road, so I can stop having to run through pokey knee-high brush whenever a car goes by. Negatives: it’s in full sun and is a half hour from my house…and with how sweaty I got on today’s run, I don’t know if it’s worth it. Decisions, decisions.

What kind of place to you prefer to run? Paved paths, gravel paths, sidewalk, side of the road, somewhere else?

 

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