So... I'm a few days behind on the C25K plan. But you know what? It's totally OK (because I say so). And because I'm behind schedule with my workouts, it's only natural I be behind schedule with my blogging about it. Good thing I'm a tech writer and I know how to cram a lot of info into a single "topic"...
I got up at 6 AM on the first morning of my New Mexican vacation and headed to the spa area of our fancy hotel. Claimed a treadmill in the lovely air conditioned fitness room, cranked up the speed to... well, now I forget the speed setting but I set the incline to 2.5%, and I completed my entire workout. And it felt really, really good. But not just due to the climate control. I was proud of myself for sticking to my schedule for that week (and for not outright gawking for the entire half hour at the ridiculous mohawk on the dude using the elliptical machine next to me). I'm sure running on a treadmill is easier than using the sidewalks around my neighborhood, but I did the entire workout exactly as I was supposed to. No stopping a few seconds early or slowing down a little more than I probably should. Nope, none of that. I just did it. Go me!
Started this week of the plan late as well because I let the thunder psych me out on Sunday after getting back from my mini-vacay. It never actually rained that day, but I kept thinking it was going to so I kept putting off the jog-walk. So week 3 began on Tuesday, five days after my last workout. Oy! Going that long between workouts is such a bad thing for me to do. And I simply cannot do three minutes of straight running yet. I have completed all three workouts now, but I still can't get through an entire three-minute rep. I can go just over two and then I go back to walking. But I made up the missing minutes each day by tacking them on during what would be my cool down time and just taking a little longer to walk back to my apartment.
Unfortunately, I've already checked the week 4 workout, and holy crap, I am not ready. I'm wondering if I'd be better off running week 3's workout for another week for a little extra preparation...? Guess I'll just have to see how I feel tomorrow evening and make sure the podcast that feels right is on my tiny blue mp3 player.
I'm still not sure if it's my shaky form or my cheap shoes or my overall out-of-shapeness or (probably) all three, but my knees have not liked me much this week.
- W3D1: Both knees hurt during the workout to a noticable degree but not enough to bother or stop me.
- W3D2: Both knees hurt and this time enough to bother me a little. My left knee continued hurting even after the workout. And all the time. Even when just sitting or walking and doing day-to-day stuff. And it was still noticeable two days after that workout.
- W3D3: Right knee was little achy during the running but otherwise OK. Left knee hurt a little more during running, but it's also doing much better overall.
So maybe the text message I received from this wise fellow explaining that "they are strengthening" had some truth to it and it's just the 'no pain, no gain' phase. I mean, some soreness is to be expected when working body parts a completely different way, right? Still, I should definitely look into some better running shoes because I could see this extreme knee discomfort happening again.
On a positive note, my first 5K has be chosen. I plan on running the Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity's Raise the Roof 5K on September 17. Well, that's the plan as of now. I'm trying to figure out when they're going to open up registration for the race. Guess I've just got to keep an ear to the ground and an alternate 5K in my back pocket. But I'm glad I have a goal now. I think it'll definitely help keep me from straying from my workout schedule. And it's going to be fun! Bonus!