Sort of. Week 5 went okay, but I got off to a rough start with Week 6 (run 9, walk 2, run 9, walk 2, run 8). We were traveling most of last weekend, and we squeezed in a Sunday run between arriving home from one trip and leaving on another one. I was dragging big time.
Tuesday and Wednesday, a busy schedule and crazy weather kept me away from the track. For those of you who aren’t from around here, I walked out of the office at lunchtime on Tuesday and discovered it was sleeting. Sleeting even though it was 47°F. The sleet turned into a cold, nasty rain that continued into the evening while I shuttled myself and various kids to meetings and activities. Wednesday, the tornado sirens started while I was waiting to pick up 11YOD from school and continued off and on while we once again shuttled all over town.
Thursday I had about 45 minutes to squeeze in a run, so I zipped down to the track only to discover a soccer game in progress. I came back to the house and got on the treadmill. That didn’t go well. I don’t know what it’s like in today’s treadmill-world, but back when we bought this one 10+ years ago, home treadmills didn’t have zero incline. The minimum incline on ours is 1.5. 1.5 what, I don’t remember, but it’s always uphill. Combine that with a slightly loose belt and an Allen wrench that has disappeared into the ether and you get a pretty rough run. Plus…trying to run and read a book at the same time is a bad idea.
Which meant going back to the track on Friday for a better effort. The soccer players were practicing. They were playing loud obnoxious rap music, but I just cranked up “Once More with Feeling” on my iPod and went through the motions. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
This afternoon I moved on to Week 7 (run 9, walk 1, three cycles). I’m beginning to think I’ll really make it to Week 10 and 30 minutes of running. Then what? Maybe I can increase my pace to the point that I’m going faster than the speed-walkers.
Here’s the complete Ease Into Running plan if you’re interested.