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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Phoenix rising

First off, I want to say that I did run on Friday. I feel horrible about how that experience went with DH. But it was not a fun experience because I let my emotions overtake me and it ruined what was supposed to be a fun workout with my hubby. It's the first time I ended a run in tears. I don't want to talk about it. I don't want it to happen again. And DH, I am so sorry about how things turned out on that run. I know I said that once, but I feel badly enough about it to want to repeat it because that's how much I love you.

So fast forward to Sunday morning...

We woke up to rain beating down so I knew that we weren't going to go to the flying field where DH flies his model airplanes. I enjoyed sleeping in and woke up feeling somewhat relaxed and yet full of energy. After having a cup of coffee and doing some work for school, I decided that I was going to try to run.  I didn't want Friday's run to ruin a good thing that I have going...which is where I knew I am starting to feel like a real runner. In the past, I might have just given up and said screw it...but the last thing I want to be known for is quitting something. I may not be the best but when I want something, I won't give up on it. So I laced up my shoes and decided I needed to get back on my training plan because I feel like I have been improving with it.

Today's run plan looked like this: 5 minute brisk walk, 90 second run, 90 second walk, 3 minute run, 3 minute walk, 90 second run, 90 second walk, 3 minute run, 3 minute walk, 5 minute brisk walk cool down.

The last time I hit this day when I first started running, I got through the first 3 minute run (barely) and was DONE a minute into the second 3 minute run. I bailed out early on each of my run segments and called it a success (when I knew deep in my heart it wasn't). Admittedly, I was a little nervous that I wasn't going to make it through again.

So imagine my intense surprise and pleasure as I got halfway through the workout (after the first 3 minute run) and I was already under my projected pace and hadn't walked more than I needed to. And my joy when I finished the second 3 minute run feeling like I could have run more (after a quick walk break). my 5 minute cool down, I ran. No set time...just tried to run between point a and b as fast as I could.

And I felt great. I my lungs felt like I could have kept going but I have to remember that I am working on getting my legs to catch up with the rest of me. As much as I wanted to go farther or more, I have learned that I need to trust the plan because it's about building up the leg muscle strength. The last thing I need is an injury or something to sideline me.

Anyhow: today's run specs
2.01 miles
28:20 (14:04 pace)
14:15 mile 1
13:49 mile 2 (YAY for negative splits!)

And I must be addicted to running: this weekend is probably one of the few times in my life that I have essentially failed at something and rather than giving up and saying screw it, I guess I can't do it, I got out there and proved the inner negative voice in my head wrong. I know I can do it. I just have to keep trying to prove it to myself.


  1. Kick butt Erin. You will finish the plan and from there...the sky's the limit!

  2. Im so glad that you did not let that crappy day get you down. They happen, and sometimes they happen a LOT, but those good runs really make up for them.

    And its funny how people are so different with lungs versus legs. My lungs always give out before my legs. My legs want to keep going, but my lungs cant keep up.