Learn to Run – Week 3 finally complete

If you’re not a runner, you have no idea how hard it is to run. And if you ARE a runner, you probably don’t remember how hard it is to START running. I don’t think I know many people who are in this middle training stage that I’m in. When I say “hey! I ran for 3 minutes straight without wanting to die” – to either of the groups above I’m sure it must sound so pathetic. Either way – I am now able to run for at least three minute intervals (for at least 45-50 minutes) without the kind of strain I experienced the first few times I attempted it.

In fact, last night, I wanted to exercise, didn’t want to go to the gym, the evening was so cool (and the yucky air quality finally cleared out) so I went back to the park for my run. I’d actually completed the 3rd session for the week the night before – but I didn’t want to start on week 4’s sessions – so I figured I’d just run and test myself. How far/long could I run before I really felt the need to stop? The first few times I did the three minutes. Then 4. Then I still felt good so I tried to see how far I could push myself, and ran for a solid mile without stopping once!!! I stopped looking at my watch and started gauging distances instead. 1/3 of a mile became no problem. I was only able to do the mile once last night. The rest of the times I would just do 1/3 of a mile, then walk for a minute or two and then run another 1/3.

Still, I can’t tell you how empowering being able to run that mile was. I’m planning on taking a rest day today to give my knees and legs a break. Then Week 4 starts on Sunday!

Here are a few pictures from my run:

2 Comments

  1. Sara
    Aug 10, 2009

    You are doing great! Keep up the running, you will be running 20 minutes straight in no time! (that’s two miles by the way. ;))

  2. Jennifer
    Aug 10, 2009

    Thanks Sara!

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