Yesterday, I took the plunge. I signed up for my first 5k race. And I’m extremely nervous. Why? Because I know I’ve not been diligent in my training.
I finished the Couch to 5k program two weeks ago and haven’t been very disciplined in my running since then. The biggest reason is that I was trying to shift from running on the treadmill (which was how I did the entire 9 week program) to running outside. I’m sure there are many who will disagree, but let me tell you one thing I’ve learned the past two weeks: running outside sucks. A lot.
The first time I did it, I seriously felt like my lungs were going to explode. I don’t exactly know what it is that’s so different. I know that concrete/asphalt is obviously more solid and, therefore, is more jarring to your body than the forgiving bounce of a treadmill. I know that there’s no way to keep the even, set pace that the treadmill gives. And then you have the other factors such as the heat/humidity outside and the oh-so-fun pollen/allergy element. I wasn’t able to run/jog for 30 minutes straight like I had been doing on the treadmill, but even with doing intervals of jogging and walking, I still completed a little over 2 miles in 30 minutes (which was basically even with what I was doing with straight jogging on the treadmill).
The second time was slightly better. To begin, the temperature outside was about 20 degrees cooler which made a load of difference. I was able to jog for at least 1/2 mile before I had to stop and walk and then continue in intervals for the remainder. I did 2 miles in 28 minutes (so…slight improvement). Regardless of it being a little bit better, I still had the ‘my lungs are going to explode’ feeling. When I got in my car to drive home, it hurt to take in a deep breath and I had a wheezing type cough for at least a day. Is there such a thing as exercise asthma?? I never had any problems when doing it on the treadmill, but every time I run outside, I have this problem.
These two paragraphs sum up my problem. Two times. I have only run TWO times in the last two weeks. Once each week. And now I’ve signed up to do 3.1 miles! Since I signed up yesterday, I have committed to start training for the race. This will be hard because I have so much to do this week (my family is coming to MY house for Easter, so I have to get myself and my house ready for it!). But even if all I do is 1 mile a day, I’m going to do it.
I don’t have lofty goals for my 5k. My main goal is just to finish it. My second goal is to finish in 40-45 minutes, which would be a 13-15 minute mile (see….not lofty). I have a feeling that my story might end up being a lot like the one that Michelle Longo shared a few weeks ago at Yeah Write. The only difference is that the race takes place on a trail at a park and so I have the assurance that, even with being last, at least I won’t have to be followed by the ambulance.
Any prayers or good thoughts sent my way will be very much appreciated. I’m sure I will post again in a couple of weeks to let you all know how it went!
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