C25K: Week 3, Day 1

I'm not going to lie.. I was pretty intimidated/worried going into today's run knowing that I was going to have to 3 minute run intervals! I mean, obviously the main goal here with the C25K program is to be able to run for 30 minutes straight, but after running only 60 and 90 second intervals over the past 2 weeks, 3 minute runs just scared me out a bit.

I decided to start the day with a different breakfast this Saturday, just to see how it would hold over in comparison to my oatmeal/poached egg combo. So today, with my cup of coffee, I had 2 pieces of whole wheat toast slathered with peanut butter and sliced banana. I couldn't believe how filling it was!

As per my usual Saturday routine, before I could even think about getting my run in, I first had to head to the farm to work a couple of horses. It was a gorgeous morning though, so there was no hesitation in going up there. Everything was still and quiet when I got there and I couldn't have asked for a better start to the day.

With the riding out of the way, it was time to get to business and start week 3 of this thing! Here is the layout for this week's workouts:

Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 metres (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 metres (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 metres (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 metres (or three minutes)
The first mistake I made was eating a muffin before my run. About 15 minutes in, I got this nasty stitch in my stomach that I just couldn't shake. I managed to use my mind over matter skills though and made it through. As I already mentioned, the 3 minute runs really worried me for some reason. But you know what? It wasn't really so bad! I certainly don't think that I would have been able to do those runs 3 weeks ago without being completely out of breath! Throughout this program so far, I really have not found myself really out of breath, which is wicked!

Today's stats:
Distance: 1.74 miles (2.80km)
Calories burned: 177
Time: 26:30

I'm really liking how I can see my progress so soon via these stats. I won't be covering as much distance this week due to how the work outs are laid out, but now that I'm doing more actual running it's cool to see how much faster I'm covering the distance.

All in all, I know I'll make it through week 3 with no big problems. I was worried about the 3 minute runs, but was able to prove to myself that I could do it! I chose this particular training program for a reason...they're not going to have me do something I won't be able to do! I was very tired after the run today, but am still raring to keep going on Monday!


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