Just tonight and this weekend’s workout are all that stand between me and the end of C25K.
It’s almost surreal.
8 weeks ago I was struggling with alternating between running 60 seconds and walking 90 seconds for a total of 20 minutes, now I’m running 25+ minutes without stopping and next week I’ll run a full 3.1 miles!
This has been an empowering journey and while I am only starting to see slight improvements in my depression (and I still have really bad days like yesterday), that is to be expected as I am not running as much as the participants of this study, and I’m still only at 8 weeks, while the improvement was noted at 16 weeks. But it is still a start and I’ll get there someday.
This past weekend’s run went well.
Hubby and I were both just drained on Saturday, so we decided to run on Sunday.
Because of the rain at Wine & Dine, I pretty much assumed it would be rainy in my area all day Sunday, but I still did my best no rain dance in hopes that it would miss us.
Unfortunately that didn’t work and by the time Hubby got home this was the weather
So we decided to do the run Monday night.
We had nice and dry weather that night, but it was a little brisk, which made breathing a bit of a challenge. I think because I’m so used to the thick humid air; I feel like I’m not getting enough air while breathing the less humid, thinner cold air. I’m sure I’ll get used to it eventually; and despite the fact that I feel like I’m struggling I’m still consistently running around a 15 minute pace (well, depending on which app you go by, but even SHealth has me at sub-16 now).
On Tuesday Hubby got home a few hours early so we went on our run around sunset, which was a nice change from the late night runs we usually do.
It was not nearly as chilly, so my breathing was not as difficult as it was on Monday. However because this was my second day in a row running it was a bit of a struggle. I was so tired by the time we got home. I also hadn’t eaten much that day, so I was STARVING. Thankfully Hubby took me to Chili’s for dinner, and I scarfed everything put in front of me. To say I slept well that night would be an understatement.
Despite how crappy of a day I had yesterday, I’m doing a little better today. I’m definitely having an “Emotional Hangover” because I borrowed against today’s spoons, but other than that I am doing well enough and I’m looking forward to running tonight, as I think that will help me feel better. I’ve learned Running & Naps are the best ways to recover a few spoons when I’m running low, it’s not foolproof, but it usually helps.
Week 7, Day 3 Stats 11/10/2014
Distance: 2.48 miles
Time: 36 minutes 48 seconds
Average Pace: 15 minutes 46 seconds per mile
Week 8, Day 1 Stats 11/11/2014
Distance: 2.46 miles
Time: 35 minutes 22 seconds
Average Pace: 14 minutes 42 seconds per mile