Tonight was a Running Night.
So my beloved husband/coach/running partner and I headed to our newly-minted Favorite Running Place, stretched, and ran. I haven’t yet mapped the full route on MapMyRun.com so I’m not certain of the full distance. But I do know that we did a five minute warm-up walk then nine 4:1 intervals.
I know that at no point did my lungs feel like they were on fire. (That happened Thursday night.)
I know that at no point did my legs feel like they were filled with lead. (That happened Monday night.)
I know that at several points during the run I was able to carry on what passed for a conversation. (If a tad snappishly at times.)
I know that at the end of the run I actually felt good about it! (No parenthetical adder to that.)
So we get in the car and head home when it occurs to me (which I say aloud) “One week from today is my 5K.”
To which my beloved husband/coach/running partner says “What’s your strategy?”
“Ummm… I was just going to run until I can’t run any more.”
Which sounded pretty cool coming out of my mouth. Meanwhile back in my brain someone far less cool is screaming “Wait! There’s ‘strategy’?! I’m doing good to run four minutes at a whack and he wants STRATEGY?!”
As we continued our drive home, and he kept me prattling along on the whole subject of next Saturday’s 5K I realized that I did, in fact, have A Strategy. And that whole “Run til I can’t run anymore” is actually a viable part of it.
To whit I give you:
My Strategy For Running My First* 5K
Friday Night: Not running Friday night. Instead we’re going to Macaroni Grill where I’ll have Spinach or Mushroom Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce, a salad, and one glass of Pinot Grigio. After dinner I plan to go home and take a relaxing soak in our jacuzzi tub (we rent, not own) with lavendar epsom salts, take a couple Valerian Root (Google it), and go to bed early.
Saturday Morning: Get up early enough to have a two-egg veggie and cheese omelet with one piece of whole grain toast and one cup of coffee.
During the Run: I’m downloading Jillian Michaels’ Unlimited to listen to during the run. I already have the book, but I’ve been wanting to have it on my ipod since I started this running training program but I haven’t been able to justify the ‘expense’. I suppose it’s my reward to myself for having completed the entire training program.
I started listening to podcasts back last winter when we were going to the gym regularly. I found that listening to music was almost more of a distraction than listening to nothing. I found myself gauging “How long have I been running?” by estimating that most songs are three minutes long and going from there. However, I discovered that Jillian Michaels (who I happen to like and admire and would give my eyeteeth to have a chance to train with!) had free podcasts I could download on itunes. And so I did. I found that listening to Jillian’s podcasts got my mind off of “How long have I been running?” and I found the running intervals much ‘shorter’ than they had previously felt. The only problem with podcasts is that to go from one to the next I have to go back to the menu and scroll down to the next one and tell it to ‘Play’. I do good to manage that little trick walking let alone running. Therefore, part of my Run Strategy is having Jillian’s book on my ipod and ready to keep my mind off the “How long/far have I run?”
Another reason for Jillian’s book is that frankly I find it physically impossible to be a slacker with that little woman’s voice in my ears/brain! Seriously, I think she could talk me into walking across flaming shards of broken glass!
Run until I can’t run any more! I’m still sticking with that part of The Strategy. And when I “can’t run any more” I’ll try to push it a few more steps. If that just ain’t happenin’ I’ll slow to a walk, do that for what feels like a minute, take a sip or two of Gatorade, and then get back to The Run.
Personally, I’m counting on cussed stubbornness and Jillian in my head to have me running the entire 5K distance.
Oh, one other part of The Strategy comes into play this coming Monday Night – my last Running With Trainers night – when I plan to run the first four minute interval, then continue running when they blow the whistle for us to walk and keep running through the second four minute interval. I’ll walk that next one minute and then run the next nine minutes.
And yes, for the record, I’ll have Jillian in my head the whole entire time!
Be back Monday to let you know how that works out for me.