Week two gave me the confidence and determination I need to keep going. I actually did 4 days this week instead of only 3 and let me tell you, I feel great!
Week 2 is supposed to be this:
Monday: walk 5 minutes, jog 3 minutes, walk 5 minutes.
Wednesday: walk 5 minutes, jog 4 minutes, walk 5 minutes.
Friday: walk 5 minutes, jog 5 minutes, walk 5 minutes.
Saturday & Sunday: rest.
Since I still had one run from last week to make up, my schedule ended up being a little different. I did my Monday and Wednesday runs as they were supposed to be. Friday I walked 5 minutes, jogged 4 minutes and walked 5 minutes. Then Sunday I walked 5 minutes, jogged 5 minutes, then walked 5 minutes.
I was a little discouraged after Monday’s run because my chest got really tight during the end of my jogging. When I was in high school, I was told I had exercise-induced asthma, which at the time was just a good excuse to sit out during cross-country practice. Now, I know what you’re saying “I thought you said you haven’t run since middle school”. I haven’t really. My cheerleading coaches in high school decided it would be a good idea for us to train with cross-country. Due to other issues (I had back problems thanks to my lovely ladies that decided to pop out of nowhere my sophomore year in high school), I never really trained with them.
Anywho, back to my story. I had inhalers for a few years but then just stopped even trying to run altogether and assumed something like that might be a childhood illness that went away with age. With my chest tightening after only 3 minutes of jogging, I was very concerned that I would not be able to reach my goal.
However, I talked with one of the other girls on Tuesday and she said she had the same problem (mind you after running her 3 miles or so). We decided it must be the pollen or something else in the air. The fact that I’ve lived in Colorado for less than a year and I’m still adjusting to being active at such a high altitude is also probably a factor.
I decided to see how I did with Wednesday to see if I maybe needed to go slower on my training or give in and go to a doctor to get another inhaler. I was just fine on Wednesday though. I even jogged longer than I was supposed to! I needed to make up last Friday’s walk 5, jog 3, walk 5, but I went ahead and jogged 4 minutes. Go me!
Friday’s 5-4-5 wasn’t a problem and Sunday’s 5-5-5 gave me a huge boost of confidence! I had no problems jogging for 5 minutes straight and, although I haven’t actually been keeping track of my distance, I’m pretty sure I’m under a 10 minute mile. Whoop!!
Sunday was also the first day I haven’t felt any sort of cramp in my side. I do however have a question for any doctors/nurses/runners that might be reading this: since Wednesday, my big toe has been hurting almost like I strained it. By Sunday it was pretty much fine but it was a rather odd feeling. Could it have something to do with the way I’m running or the fact that I’m using muscles that haven’t been used in years and they’re a little confused? Any insight would be MUCH appreciated!
I’ve even started taking my little running buddy with me:
He’s enjoying the runs as much as I am. Maybe I’ll have to find some sort of dog-friendly 5k to do with him this summer. Or maybe I’ll enter him in some weenie races!
Next week includes the first jog-walk-jog day and I’ll admit that I’m a little nervous about it.
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