This first week of the RLR C25K training has been challenging, to be sure, but also really invigorating!
I can make it through the 60-second jogging intervals (3.7 mpg), but only because I know they’re only going to last for a short time. I am definitely out of breath by the time I’m done, and it takes me almost the entire 90-second walking interval (2.9 mph) to catch my breath. I’m looking forward to this improving as I keep training.
The day after the training I am definitely sore, especially in my thighs and abs. Which is great! it takes a lot for my thighs to be sore, so I LOVE that they’re getting a great workout. Whenever my muscles are sore, it always reminds me that my body is getting healthier and leaner.
The hardest part of all of this? Being motivated to get to the gym and get on the treadmill. (In some ways it makes me want to buy a treadmill of my own for home, but I’m enough of a homebody as it is. Plus, I love going to my gym, and I’ve prepaid for 3 years, so it makes more sense just to get my butt out the door and hit the treadmills there). Going in the morning on Tuesday was great, because it gave me energy for the rest of the day, and I loved the sense of accomplishment I felt for getting my exercise “out of the way” before the day even began. Yesterday I didn’t have a chance to go in the morning because I had an early morning meeting, and I was so wiped out when I got home that I didn’t make it to the gym. Lesson learned – morning C25k trainings are the way to go for weekdays. From now on, I’m going to make sure to start my “late day” mornings with the C25k training.
Tonight I have to supervise two basketball games – at 5:30 and at 7, so I’m going to use the window between 2:30 and 5:30 to head home to get my gym clothes, go to the gym, do my C25K training, grab a quick shower, and make it back. (Hopefully I can grab dinner in there somewhere, too). Wish me luck! If I had planned better, I would’ve brought my running gear with me this morning so I could go to the gym by work. Still, the important this is that I’m committed to doing this RLR, and I’m going to make it work no matter what.
Next week I’m going to start logging in my mileage so that I can keep track of that, too. It will be really fun to know how far I’ve gone at the end of these 18 weeks.
Next week’s training schedule - Monday, 1/11, Wednesday, 1/13, and Friday, 1/15. We’ll be following the same schedule as last week, and I’m hoping that by Day 2 or 3 next week, I’ll feel a huge difference in my ability!