a/k/a “Week 3 Has Kicked My Ass.”
Late last Sunday afternoon, I finished Week 2 (run 3, walk 3, 5 cycles, 30 minutes total). On Monday at noon, I started Week 3 (run 5, walk 2-1/2, 4 cycles, 30 minutes total). That was my first mistake. At my age and level of fitness, less than 24 hours is not sufficient recovery time.
Second mistake? Trying to break in new shoes at the same time. No matter how comfortable they are, it takes a while for them to shape themselves to actual feet. Ouch!
Our office was closed on Tuesday, so I spent the day watching inauguration coverage, cooking, and finding creative ways to get up every time I had to retrieve a pot from the lower cabinets. My right knee was giving me fits.
All of that and some last minute errands led me to skip Wednesday’s run and wait till Thursday. I felt pretty good when I got done, which led to the next mistake. Here’s a clue: if you tell Dr. Renée about your sore knee that was already creaking on the stairs even before you started running and she asks, “Do you think you need a knee sleeve?”, don’t be all brave and say no, hoping for the best. Just go straight to the Rite-Aid and get one. Don’t wait three days — and run again — before you succumb to common sense.
Anyway, today I technically finished Week 3, but I think I’ll take advantage of the option to repeat a week. I’m not quite ready for run 7, walk 3, 3 cycles, 30 minutes total.
All my whining aside, this is a good program, and I’m amazed at how quickly I’ve been able to increase my running time. If you’re interested, check it out here (PDF).