I've been wanting to tell you about something, but since I'm not very good at following through on exercise commitments, I decided not to tell anybody about it until I had a few days under my belt. I am off to a good start, so I guess now is as good a time as any.
I started a new training schedule for my running last week. I've been reading The Complete Book of Running for Women, and there is a training schedule in it that was taken from Runner's World magazine. Since I can already walk several laps and can run at short intervals, it looked like something I could jump into. It's a 30-minute walk/run plan that will eventually get me to a level of 30 minutes of straight running.
I started off the first week with four days of running for 2 minutes and walking for 4 minutes. I did that five times, which equaled 30 minutes. I did get some extra walking time in there for warming up and cooling down. I have been surprised by how quickly my body adapted to it. Today was my last day at that level. On Wednesday, I will increase to five sets of 3 minutes running and 3 minutes walking.
Don't you love it when you are so close to reaching a goal, you can almost taste it? There was a day when it took every ounce of sweat (and tears) to be able to run for 1 minute. Just ONE MINUTE. I walked away depressed and defeated, yet I just kept going out running, setting aside the sports watch for the time-being. But now a new goal is within my reach, and I can truly see myself completing 3 minutes of running. The very first time I run for 3 minutes straight will be one of the most exciting achievements in my brief athletic history. I can't wait!