It’s been one week since I began my self-imposed 6-month run-challenge and I thought I’d share my thoughts on progress on the first week and initial thoughts. I also want to point out two fantastic posts on similar challenges…Alicia and Steph, I love your slant on your challenges (and check out how awesome Steph did in the barre n9ne 60-day challenge! She ROCKED IT!), and check in with everyone else doing similar challenges (missmitten, for one!)
First things first. Intervals. Suck.
I still hate them (abhor is a more fitting word…). I am trying hard to embrace them because I KNOW they will help. I know they will help me run faster, stronger, and condition my breathing. But adjusting to this style of running is freaking hard. I want to quit the minute I speed up. The panic starts to rise in my chest as my breathing quickens and my chest tightens. The anxiety rises ever so slightly (something I’ve worked really hard to tamp down). And the minutes tick by so.freaking.slowly.
But enough drama and whambulancing. I did my one interval run. I didn’t like it, but I did it.
What else did I do?
I ran outside! CHECK! (alone, no less!)
And I hit 6 miles on the dreadmill for my ‘long’ run of the week. I fought for it, I won’t lie. I wanted to hop off at mile 3 when I knew I had 3 more to go. But I managed to get ‘er done in an hour. Not the best, but not the worst. And I felt awesome after. Hello run-high.
What did I NOT do?
Cross-train. I couldn’t fit in my spinning workout without giving up my rest/active rest day. So I just simply didn’t do it. Instead, I started with cross-training yesterday, for kicking off week 2 of this challenge, in order to make sure I got it in. I also have at least one outdoor run planned (with M tomorrow morning – yay! He starts working 11-8 on Tuesdays, so we can run a little later, say, 8 am, so it’ll be warmer and lighter!), one possible ‘rundate’ planned with my sister and aiming for 6-6.5 miles as my long run this week. Not bad for week two, in tandem with 5-6 barre n9ne classes this week (lest I forget my
obsession love for all things barre n9ne!!)
So far, I am loving how I set up this challenge. It’s a great mix for me, and I know that in the long run (er, no pun intended!!), it will help me increase my pace a bit, maintain longer runs in the winter and be a good ‘checks and balances’ for me as the winter wears on. The trick will be when I have two weeks of work travel planned for January. But I’ll approach that as we get closer 😉
So…report back! What about you? What did you do this week for your own self-challenges? What worked? What didn’t?
**asslap to everyone adding some sweat to their lives, no matter what form it comes in…yoga, running, walking, swimming, kickboxing, barre, you name it, it counts ;-)**