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Couch to 5K Training Program: Week Four
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5K Training Schedule: Week Four
Day 1: I was raring to go this morning (I really just wanted to get it over with), and the first part of the running workout wasn't too bad. The 4-minute intervals felt significantly longer than last week's 3-minute running intervals, but I just stayed focused on putting one foot in front of the other, and I managed to get through the first three intervals without incident. Unfortunately the fourth interval took a lot more effort and the fifth was absolute torture. I was so eager to be done with the workout that I headed home without taking enough time for a proper cool-down, which I paid for about 10 minutes later when I suddenly felt dizzy and weak in the middle of my shower. All in all, I certainly wasn't feeling like a real runner after this workout; time for a new strategy, or I'm going to be hanging up my running shoes yet again!
Day 2: I decided to try something new for this workout. Instead of listening to the Running Mate podcasts, I decided to create a running playlist to keep me energized during the running intervals and keep my mind off the pain! Using iTunes, this was extremely easy to do: I sorted my music by time, then went through and picked out five 4-minute songs (for the running intervals), four 1-minute songs (for the walking intervals) and two 5-minute songs (for the warm-up and cool-down). Then I rearranged them to create the correct order and I had a custom-made 5K training playlist ready to go. I can attest that listening to good music while running makes SUCH a difference; I can't say the running intervals were suddenly easy, but they did go by a lot faster. If you're struggling to get through the intervals, definitely give this a try!
Day 3: I was doing just fine, plodding along with my running intervals at a slow but steady rate when it happened. A middle-aged man in a beaten up minivan drove by (going the wrong way down a one-way street) and yelled out, "Pick up the pace!" Normally I'd write off such an incident as a very lame attempt at a cat call, but as I've mentioned in my past jogging recaps I do run really slowly, so I must say I was a little bit bothered by the remark. Not enough to lose sleep over, of course, but enough to feel just slightly more self-conscious about my running pace. Then again, you never know, maybe I can use the silly comment as motivation to work harder (and faster)!