Jul. 9th, 2017

forgotten_aria: (felicia sleep)
I still hate running.

That being said, I don't hate myself while doing it, which is a large improvement.

I'm on week four of c25k, which is 3 minutes run, rest, 5 minute run. I started this week being not sure if I should repeat week 3 again, or try week 4. I'm glad I tried week 4, since I was barely able to do it. The problem, however, is that from this point on in the program the runs start being 20-21 minutes and I'm getting a distance of ~1.6 miles while doing it. Since my goal is not a 5k, but rather 1.5 in 18, I decided today to do a variation. My original plan was 6m run 90s rest 6m run, 90m rest 3m run. But while I was out I changed it to 6m, 90s, 4.5m, 90s 4.5m. I couldn't make the last 4.5m run so it ended up being 4m, 30s, 1.5+ enough to finish the 1.5 miles.

Doing this I got 12:01 mile, which is a good first goal towards the 1.5 in 18. I finished the 1.5 in 18:32 with an average pace of 12:21, which is a huge improvement. I think this is the most important thing. I'm finally seeing progress and things don't seem so hopeless. I'm still a long way off from being able to do the time and do it every time, but at least I no longer feel I'm sliding backwards.

I plan on doing week 4 a few more times, and doing my modified program until I can do it completely. Then I will think about what to do next.

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