Saturday, July 28, 2012

Couch to 5K: Week Seven

I finished week seven of nine!

I had snapped a photo of me after running, but after further I look deranged. So enjoy this tree instead!
Yes, I know it's been a few weeks since I finished week six. My sleeping schedule has been all over the place. Add to that heat indexes of 104 or so, and the fact that I don't have access to a treadmill and there is only a forty-five to ninety minute window daily (varying by temperature and humidity) when it is both light enough to not be dangerous and cool enough to get my half an hour workout in. There were a couple days where I went out to exercise, made it  a tenth of a mile and had to turn around because it was just too hot. And Ryan's work schedule has been changing what seems like weekly (on Monday he should settle into a night schedule which means a normal US schedule, so I can too without sacrificing Ryan time. I am so excited! Ryan is not. lol) Add in the fact that I also had my time of the month and well...

But regardless of the delays, I did it! And while this 9 weeks is taking me more than a year  (yea, seriously. Sigh) the point is I am finishing. And the biopsy at least was a delay I couldn't avoid.

Week Seven's workout was as follows: 5 minute warm-up walk, 25 minutes running. 

The great part is that I can run for 25 minutes. And while I feel it, I can totally do it. The bad  part is that I am excruciatingly slow. I ended up running to an intersection that is about half a mile from my house. I haven't been using that to measure the whole time because it is very hilly to get there. Which was good for me this week because it increased my cardio! But I only  made it there and back once, plus a little extra. So probably a mile and a quarter in 25 minutes (I only started heading that way after my warm-up walk.) Not really good since I am supposed to do 3.1 miles in 30 minutes in two weeks. Still, I could never do 25 minutes of running before in my life. Ever. I was always nonathletic.

My mind is starting to try to decide what comes after the C25K, but I am trying to keep it more present. August is the hottest month in South Carolina, and two weeks for me in this process has at times been 2 weeks, and at times been much, much longer.

But by the grace of my beloved God, I will finish.

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