“If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”
This whole running a half-marathon thing seemed so absurd a few short months ago...not so much anymore. It's hard to believe it is less than 4 weeks away...SO exciting! Now, the idea of running a full marathon seems pretty absurd...I guess we'll see what the future holds ;)
Today I completed my first interval training...I started with an 800 meter slow jog warm up, then 5 X 400 meter intervals interspersed with 400 meter slow jog cool downs (no walking at all!) I then ended with a 1.5 mile slow run. I actually did these on the treadmill today as I wanted to get a feel for the suggested speed. We were warned that we should not be sprinting, but running faster than we could hold for a whole race. So, my speed intervals were at approximately 8.5min/mile. Here's the amazing part...I liked it! I recuperated quickly and I felt great when I was doing my slow run at the end...it was painless and I felt like I could have kept on keeping on forever. Speed was never something I thought about, but I used to dream of being able to run comfortably for miles...I can do that now! If someone had taken a picture, they would have once again caught me grinning to myself as I was running today :)
Plus...my ab pain is gone, I guess it was just a minor pull and because I didn't do any abs for a week, I was back to normal today...Yay! So, I did my jumps...if you decide to try these, please be sure to warm up well before you start, I have a feeling that may be the reason I hurt myself last week. Considering I had just finished my intervals on the treadmill, I was nicely warmed up. My whole workout felt great, I did 3 X 5 high and 5 long jumps (they're fun) and then the rest of my workout...which includes some nice core work. I want to give a shout out and special thanks to Laura for encouraging me to increase my core workouts through her challenge!
Today was a very encouraging day and I am getting SOOO excited about my first ever race this coming Sunday, which is a 10K!! The plan is to run it non-stop. The most I've ever run non-stop is 8K, yet I'm not worried about that...BUT, please let me not have to stop to desperately go to the washroom during the race (what a waste of precious time)! I have no time goals as this is my first experience, I just want to enjoy it and feel good. Anyways, no matter what my time is, it will be a PR :)