Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Week 1, Day 2: A Family Affair

Finished Week 1, Day 2 today. I am so motivated to do this, so I ran back-to-back days. I'm still trying to decide on what days I want to run for the coming weeks. Maybe a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule, or a Monday-Tuesday-Thursday schedule. I don't want to plan to run on the weekends. Instead I'll use them as spillover days in case I need to play catch-up.

Today's run was good. The highlight for me was that Craig (my husband) and Lucy (our dog) also ran! Despite the fact that Craig turned to me during one of our running spurts and said, "I feel like I'm running in place," it was a successful run for all of us and we generally stuck together (except for one brief moment where I had to uh.... "go look for something" in the woods.) I was the keeper of the watch, and I felt like the intervals came and went a lot quicker than yesterday. Maybe it's because we were running together that time didn't feel like it was dragging on. I'm almost looking forward to running and walking longer intervals next week.

I just looked at the schedule, and realized I've made a terrible error. I accidentally ran 5 minutes shorter than I was supposed on both days. I was counting the 5 minute warm-up as part of the total time, but now I see it's a 5-minute warm-up PLUS 20 minutes of alternating walking/jogging. <mini panic attack> Maybe this isn't as easy as I thought it would be! Can I do that for another 5 minutes? Do I need to start over completely? Should I just delete this blog instead of publicly admitting my mistake? Is anyone else picturing the scene from Airplane! right now with a group of people lined up slap me? </end mini panic attack>

I've decided that I'll just do the correct training schedule the next time I run, which will likely be Thursday morning. Maybe I'll do a 4th workout this week as well, but if I don't, I don't. It's all good. I need to remind myself that I can always repeat a week, so if next week comes and kicks my ass, then I can keep repeating the workout until I'm comfortable to move on. Craig had a moment during our run this morning where he said, "I'll never be able to run 3 miles!" but I told him what I told myself. We're going to do this like the alcoholics do, and take it One Day At A Time. We don't need to be able to run 3 miles, or even 20 minutes instead of 15. All we have to do is go out there and jog until it's time to walk, then walk until it's time to jog, and so on. I hate to sound like a Weight Watchers leader here, but a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I need to end this post now before I quote another program's motto. Until next time, Be All You Can Be.


  1. you shit in the woods?! again?????!

  2. Are you honestly surprised? I wasn't going to write the details because I wanted to keep it clean (ha!), but the pressure has been building and I need to let it out (ha! ha!). I was trying my best to make it to the port-a-potty at the Little School. I was doing "the walk", you know the one. When I got there, the port-a-potty was padlocked, so I just stood next to it and let it go. Sorry, kids.

  3. so, it wasn't even in the woods? but, instead, in the middle of a play ground?! oh brother!

  4. maybe you could plan to run AFTER using the bathroom. at home.