A few weeks ago I thought I would never get beyond the 20 minute mark. It seemed like it was a race between me and the clock…and the clock was certainly winning.
With the advice and comments on my frustrated blog post, I decided to put the racing blinders on…and started leaving the watch at home. I also set my Nike+ to a basic, open-ended workout so the Nike+ Lady wouldn’t tell me my time. Finally, to really lock myself into running by feel I went a different route so I wouldn’t know the time based on landmarks, either. And I just…ran. I ran so far away…or so I thought.
When I stopped, I thought I would be so impressed with the time, and I eagerly checked in with my iPod. UGH! It ended up that I had only gone 20 minutes. It was so frustrating, like 20 minutes would keep haunting me!
BUT (a big but, I cannot lie), I tried again the next run and the next. The mind chatter slowed down and my inner cheerleader kicked in to high gear. A lot of this change I credit to the support from the Salties and the Salty readers.
Podcasts loaded? Check. Watch left on the counter? Check. New shoes tied and ready? Check.
And, I’m off!
I kept pushing myself and the next thing I knew, I was running longer. Getting to the 3 mile mark seemed like it was now in the realm of possibility. What an amazing feeling! Was this a runner’s high?
In the last week, I managed to run a little over 30 minutes to reach 5k on two of my morning runs! Really, I did! I did that!!!
Hitting 5k was a relief because I’m coming up on my first 5k at the end of the month. Granted, I’ll be in a gorilla suit for the race, so who knows how my body will respond to that one. I don’t recall gorilla suits being part of Rosemary’s temperature-based formula for running attire.
Ok, so what’s next? I know I can run more than 20 minutes. 3 miles of running is no longer a distant goal. Lately, I just go out and do my thing. As long as I get out there, I haven’t really thought about where I should be heading next. I like the freedom I’ve had, but I’m still such a newbie to this world of running. I’m not sure what kinds of goals I should work toward now.
What is the program after the Salty Beginner Plan? The Salty Less-of-a-Beginner Plan? I think I need to get some kind of structure back now. Maybe I can start talking the talk and running the run (yeah, it doesn’t rhyme, but this is a running blog after all). I want to be able to know pacing and things like splits. Should I be learning these kinds of things yet? Or, should I just focus on increasing how much time and distance I can go without dying? The most stressful time of the retail year is approaching and running may very well be my saving grace throughout the season. I’m sure there will be days when I just want to run free and hard. However, I think getting into a structured program will also help balance out the consumer chaos that will consume my co-workers and me.
So, Salty Community, what’s the plan?