Since I haven't actually run since Saturday morning, I was quite fearful that I would find myself out of shape and unable to run this morning. I was afraid that 4 days without a run was going to be the undoing of all my hard work. I was, I am happy to say, a bit of a Chicken Little in this regard, as the sky did not fall and I was fully able to run my last week 4 workout without too much difficulty. I was sucking air pretty hard that last five minutes, but I made it. In all honesty, the last of the week 5 workouts scares me, but the first looks very doable. In fact, I think that I'll prefer three 5 minute runs to the varied run and walk durations of week 4. We shall see.
I realize after this little hiccup I encountered how important the routine is in physical fitness. Each day away from it seems like a exponential leap from the last. And while I did walk on Monday, it didn't have the same impact on me as a run would have, and as a result, I felt miles away from Saturday morning in my head. On Monday evening, I laid out my clothes intending to do my run Tuesday morning, but a bad night of sleep with a teething baby and a stuffy nose had me rolling back over and going back to sleep. Now, I know this is hardly the end of the world, but that one break from the routine I had established also altered the mindset I had established about it - NO EXCUSES. I have to say all this and cement this idea in my mind because in two weeks, I am travelling back to the east coast to stay with my family. I'll be there for three weeks and if I wasn't totally sure of what my commitment level had to be and didn't have my attitude about carrying on the C25K program set, then I can see how easy it would be to slip.
We've all said it before, but so much of the success of this program, or really, any fitness program, is dependant on attitude. It is mental toughness as much as physical toughness. I must stay committed to my routine and the program and to myself. No excuses, I CAN DO IT!