This week I made my official return to training full speed ahead for the Runner’s World 10k in October. Wednesday I set out around 7pm to do run 3.1 of the Couch to 10k app and when I was done I realized that it is now September. I can no longer say that the 10k is months away. It is only a month away. And that scared me a bit. It also, combined with my success in completing 3.1 somewhat painlessly, motivated me to get moving and I decided to jump ahead to run 5.1 for Friday.
On Thursday night, during a bought of insomnia, I fished out a calendar my Grandma got me as a housewarming gift last year. I used to have it hanging in my kitchen in my old apartment to hide an ugly spot and every time I looked at it it reminded me of this wonderful lady.
And now it is my workout calendar. I have it hanging right next to my bedroom door so that every time I walk in and out of my room, I see it there and it reminds me to get my ass in gear. I wrote in pencil my training plan and hung a bright marker with the calendar that I’ll use to excitedly confirm the workout I did that day. So far, for the two days it has been there, it’s been working and it still reminds me of my Grandma.
The success on my Wednesday run was a huge eye opener for me. I realized that in order to be successful in this training runs I have to set myself up for success. I can’t run in the middle of the day with full sun, or when it is 90 degrees outside, or without eating and drinking enough. I basically have to plan for the run all day and I’m not used to putting so much devotion into something. Completing these runs makes me feel like such a rock star because it shows me that I have done everything right.
So for Friday I wanted to make sure I was just as successful so I returned to the dreaded gym. I like going to the gym to lift weights and take classes, but I hate doing cardio at the gym. I have turned into a lover of outdoor running. The sights, sounds, smells, the motivation in realizing how far you’ve run… you can’t get that at the gym. Well… you can get some sights, sounds, and smells but they are not nearly as pleasant if you know what I mean. The 5.1 consisted of a 5-minute warmup, then run 3 minutes and walk 2 minutes thirteen times for a total of 73 minutes. I didn’t think I’d have that much trouble with it. The Couch to 5k program had me running intervals of 3 and 2 so I thought it would be a breeze. But the difference is the 5k program only had me running for 30 minutes at a time and this was 73 minutes. Intense. That’s all I can say.
Running on the treadmill was just as boring as I remembered. Enough to make me want to quit several times. I was bored, dripping sweat, bright red, my hips were starting to hurt, I felt like I was getting shin splints, people were staring at my funny, and I forgot my Nook to read during the walks. It was like a broken record of negative thoughts spinning insistently in my head. I refused to listen. At one point I even said “one foot, one foot, one foot” with each step I took to drown out the sound of my voice in my head. Guess it worked because I dominated that run. I might have looked a mess in the end, and I might still be in pain, but I won!
How do you plan for success in a run?