I need to start going to bed earlier. That was my first thought this morning when the alarm went off at 6:20. Didn't turn over to go to sleep last night until 11:30 and then had my slumber rudely interrupted by my daughter at 3:30. I have plans to meet some girlfriends in town this evening for a Cosmo and some Sex in the City 2, so it will be a late one and the prospects of me getting any sleep between now and then are doubtful. As I continue on, I know that being well rested is going to be a key to my success, so today a new resolution is born: I must get to bed by 10:30 the night before a run.
I allowed myself a single snooze and then bounded out of bed and got ready to go. It was raining pretty hard this morning, so I threw on a rain jacket and headed out the door. I had hoped to get in a little extra warm up walking before I started the C25K podcast, but it was too wet and I just wanted to get it done, so I stretched and jumped right into my 5 minute walk. The first 90 second run was OK, though I still felt a little tight. I did a little extra stretching during the 90 seconds of walking and the 3 minutes of running that came next were great. I felt looser and was really into it. When Mia told me to slow it down, I think I could have kept going. When the next 90 seconds came, I powered through and did well, but the last 3 minutes of running seemed unbearable. Honestly, it was night and day from the first 3 minutes. I am not sure if it is all in my head or if there is too much walking in between or what. If I look back, I always struggle with the day 3 workout and then kick ass on day 4. I don't know...I am going to do another week 3 workout just because it has worked out so well for me up to now. I am planning on adding one more interval to increase the challenge a bit and see how I do.
One thing I think I'll reconsider in the future is the rain jacket. It was both too hot and too heavy (not that I don't like hot and heavy like the next person, just not while jogging!). If anyone out there has any suggestions on what to wear in the rain, I'd love to hear them. I figure unless any better ideas come my way, I'll be going with the C25K wet t-shirt program. Who knows, maybe I'll inspire some new runners that way! In the meantime, you all keep up the good work and I will too. Remember, when excuses start to clutter your thoughts, beat them back with the mantra of champions: I CAN DO IT!