I had to go back and check what week this was in my training because I honestly thought it was only my second!
Monday: 1.19 miles
Tuesday: Walk at lunch
Wednesday: 1.5 miles
Thursday: 1.14 miles
Friday: Strength Training
On last week's post, my friend Mina said that not knowing how the C210K app works, she suggests to make sure I pick one run per week to push my distance. Basically a long run. The app has those built in, sort of -- the app is designed for someone who runs about a 10 minute mile which is definitely not me and are timed based. So, in a couple weeks it says Run 2 miles (or 20 minutes). 20 minutes is not long enough for me to have to do 2 miles so I was already planning on needing to adapt the plan as necessary, plus then my sister (who is using the same app) asked me a similar question related to distance. I know the importance of building up mileage, so it's definitely something I was planning on making work somehow.
Friday was my day to do some strength training and my job is awesome and super supportive of our living a healthy lifestyle, with a whole warehouse full of equipment like kettlebells!
They offer classes at lunch, including cross fit, which was going on at the same time as I was there. I'm far too nervous and self-conscious to do the workout with them but I watched them and checked the board and I may try the workout on my own when they aren't there (because, again, nervous and self-conscious. Especially since some of it involved running laps and ZOMG some of them were fast!).
I've been using the treadmill for the past few weeks, but this past Sunday it was absolutely gorgeous out so I decided I needed to take advantage by going out for a short run. The funny thing is, the intervals that I've been doing on the treadmill were fucking hard outside. Like, I couldn't really do the whole duration hard and they weren't even that long all things considered. I usually run 30:30 intervals, sometimes making that 60:30 if I'm feeling really strong. These had me running for 90 seconds, so only 30 seconds over but man those 30 seconds made a big difference.
At one point in the run I decided it was ineffective to keep trying to force my body to do something it clearly did not want to do so I went back to my normal intervals and had a much better run. I also ended up running faster than I did on the treadmill.
The C210K app was perfect tool for getting me back in the groove of running, but now that I'm there I think I'll go back to my regular intervals and the original training plan I had set up a couple of weeks ago, long runs and all. I'll still need to use the treadmill for a little while longer so if nothing else I know I can maybe push my running intervals on there and still may play with them when I run outside but I don't think I'll be progressing with the app anymore.
I wanted to give it a try because I wanted to see if it could help me build up my running (versus my walking) but I think I've adapted so well to Run-Walk-Run intervals that it's really want my body likes and thrives on as a runner. Why fight against a good thing?
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Love from the ashes,