It is with great joy and enthusiasm that I announce that I have successfully completed the first day of WEEK 4, and I feel GREAT!
The plan was to stay on week 3 for another week, I know, but this is what happened. March Madness got the best of me. I just hit "go" on the C25K app on my iPhone, and during the usual 5 minute warm-up walk, I got interested in the Tennessee-Ohio State game. When it dinged to start running, I ran. After I felt like it should be dinging again (week 3 starts out with a 90 second run), I looked down and saw I had already been running for nearly three minutes, at which point I had realized that since I ran week 3, day 3 on Wednesday, the program was automatically starting me on week 4, day 1. Since that first three minutes seemed so easy, I decided to just go with the flow and promised myself that if I experienced any discomfort, I would revert to week 3. The pain never came, not even the usual pain I feel in my right shoulder (that rotator cuff really isn't as healed as I thought it was).
I admit that it started to get a little challenging towards the end of the fourth running interval, but it even seemed a little easier than Wednesday's workout. I owe it all to March Madness, I guess. This brings me to the hypothesis that perhaps what I need to train for running more than my body is my mind.
Something odd happened after my workout. As I was stretching, I saw this girl step on the scale on the other side of the gym. She hopped on and hopped off, and I thought, "I could just hop on and hop off... It wouldn't be discouraging to weigh myself if I just do it on days that I advance in my running." Then approximately 30 seconds later when I finished stretching it completely slipped my mind. I'm glad my weight has been pushed so far back into the back of my mind now that I can forget about it that easily at the gym, of all places.
And one more thing. When I did something that was hard for me, I used to say, "Well, I guess I just can't do it," and other such negative things. Today what I realized is that when things become difficult, I tell myself, "You really can do this. Just push through a little longer." I'm so grateful I can run, and I'm actually even grateful that I failed at week 4 last week so that I could have the realization this week of just how fast I'm progressing!
My workout today was:
Week 4, Day 1
2.11 miles in 32 minutes, 2.0% incline
Average Pace: 15:07