Week 1/12 Day 1
It’s the first day of training and I’m pumped. I went to the trail and it was quiet since it was the first day of school. Mentally I was ready to have an amazing first day. I’m using Nike Coach for my training plan and for some reason, the mileage wasn’t showing on my app. I took a good guesstimate that I was supposed to do four miles. The weather was near perfect. Halfway through the run, it started to sprinkle. I had hoped to run fast enough that I wouldn’t bet drenched. I did get rained on but there was no downpour. My physical body matched my mental body and I killed my first day of training.
Week 1 Day 2
I contacted Nike technical support to assist with my app. I was told tsso uninstall and reinstall and the projected mileage should show up. Once I did this, I discovered that I was 1.5 miles over what I needed to run on day one. Big win.
Today, I was set to do five miles (a one mile warm up, three miles of fartleks and a one mile cool down).
I arrived at a different trail just after 6pm. I started my warmup with a positive attitude and a goal to finish in an hour. Shortly after the run began, I started experiencing pain in my shins. I stopped to try to stretch them out. That provided relief for a short while. I knew there would be nothing fun about today’s run. At 2.5 miles, Nike told me I was halfway. I grumbled knowing I still had 2.5 miles to go and at my slower than usual pace, also another thirty minutes. At 1.99 miles to go. Nike gave me another distance indicator. Soon after, a bug flew in my nose. I tried to think of a lady like way to extract it, but nothing came to mind. Holding one nostril down, I looked like men I’ve seen in every outdoor sport; I blew hard and just as he flew in….he flew out. It was disgusting but I felt better.
This run reminded me why I prefer to go early in the morning. The heat and humidity were just two additional factors to add to the misery of this run. My ice cold water had adjusted to my body and the outside temperature and only provided relief of being wet. It was no longer cool or refreshing.
At the end, I don’t believe I can recall the last time I was so excited to be done!
Week 1 Day 3
I had another five miles slated for training. When the clock rang, I got up to turn it off and returned to bed. Initially, I told myself I’d lay there for five more minutes. After ten minutes, I decided I wanted to stay in bed and would hit the treadmill after work. Forty five minutes after the alarm sounded, a voice from the bathroom realized my eyes were open and said, “I thought you were running this morning.” I replied. “I changed my mind. I’ll go tonight.” As I heard the shower, I played my day in my head. Conference call 9am. Work 10 – 7:30. Weekly virtual chat with my girlfriends 8pm. There really wasn’t another hour available in the day. So, I got my achy bones out of bed and dressed for my five mile….extremely happy that Nike told me to do my miles easy.
It was already warm since I had waited to go. After the heat of yesterday, I decided to take it to the mill. There was only one person in the gym. It seemed like more, as she insisted on continuing her conversation. I was happy when the person on the other end had to go. All I had to hear after that was the sounds of the machines and our footsteps.
Cross-training tomorrow. And I’m glad about it!
Week 1 Day 4
Cross training was scheduled for today. My activity of choice, yoga. After three days of running, I needed something restorative. Each pose felt fabulous. I ended with my legs propped up on the wall: Viparita Karani. Namaste
Week 1 Day 5
After a day off from running, completing the ALS ice water challenge and a good night sleep, I was stoked about today’s training run. My plan called for an easy four miles with the last mile being faster than the others. My normal displeasure with the treadmill turned around in my mind, as I figured by increasing the speed on the machine, I could successfully accomplish my training run. I started with an extremely easy pace and every five minutes, I increased the speed. With each step, I actually felt stronger. When Nike told me I was at the halfway point, I was still pumped and even though the speed kept increasing, I was surprised to discover that my energy wasn’t decreasing. I was even more surprised that I pushed myself to run the entire time I was on the treadmill. I would say today’s run has been my favorite run in a long time….even though it was on the treadmill. Next up, eight miles.
Week 1 Day 6
It was dark when I arrived at my run location at 6am. My running partner and I ran in the “city” that was illuminated by the street lights. The crescent moon was a sight to see. And just as that sight began to disappear, we were greeted by the beauty of the sunrise. Two miles in, we could see downtown. During a walk break, I said; “One day we’re going all the way downtown.” She unenthusiastically agrred. I knew she was tired and on a great day she would’ve jumped for joy at what’s to come. What she doesn’t know is that I intend for our one day to go all the way downtown to be in no more than four weeks. I hope she doesn’t read this. Lol. As we approached our cars, I decided to take the long way around. Adding a half loop around the parking lot put us at five miles. We got in our cars; her to go home and me to complete the remaining three miles. The temperature had crept up almost ten degrees from the time we began. At eighty degrees, hazy, hot and humid; I opted to finish inside on the treadmill.
Week 1 is done. I’ve experienced lots of emotions already. But, I’m keeping my head in the game. Although this training plan is more challenging than those I’ve used in the past, I’m excited to see the end result. And on the seventh day….I will rest!