Not one to normally toot my own horn, so please bear with me a moment. :)
I totally ROCK!!!
I went to the gym this morning ... not really feeling like running ... figuring I would repeat Monday's performance of walk 5 minutes, run 5 minutes, walk 3, run 5, walk 3, run 5 ... instead of the walk 5, run 8, walk 5, run 8 that was scheduled for today (according to the Couch to 5K schedule). I didn't really think I was ready to run for 8 minutes straight.
When I was almost done with my first 5 minute-run, I felt pretty good. I thought I'd try another minute. Still feeling pretty good. I'll try another minute. Still good. So I ended up running the 8 minutes!!!
Then after switching treadmills so I could be beside my friend, Lisa, who met me at the gym today (Laura was riding the stationery bike, in case you were wondering), I walked the 5 then ran the last 8 minutes! And she ran with me!
How cool is that?! I totally didn't think I could do it! Until I was actually doing it!
The only downside to this running thing ... other than my aching calves ... is that I am wore out when I get home. I feel like I need to take an afternoon nap, like I felt way back when I first started exercising. Plus it didn't help that when I stepped out of my car at home this morning, my neighbor a couple houses down was burning and the smoke was wafting straight towards my house. It hit me and I immediately got a headache! Ugh! (Advil isn't even helping).
Anyway, Friday's agenda is supposed to be the 5 minute warm up walk and then run for 20 minutes. Straight. No intervals. Yoy!
However, the gym is closed Friday, so I'm not sure what my plan is yet. I really don't think I'm ready to run the full 20 minutes yet, but I'm willing to try. I just need to figure out what to do with my young'ns while I run. A friend offered to keep them for me, so I just need to see if that offer still stands. And I need to find a good place to run where I won't be plowed over by a car like I would if I ran on my busy road.
Wish me luck!