I wasn’t sure how my body would handle today’s workout given that it’s only been a couple days since my 10 mile training run. I want to run for the rest of my life, so I don’t want to push myself too hard too fast. With this in mind, I started today’s workout on the elliptical. After about 10 minutes, my legs felt pretty good. I hopped on the treadmill and completed a three mile run. It felt great! I love the way that running makes me feel – strong, relaxed and happy. Granted, there are days when my run feels hard and my legs feel like lead weights. For the most part though, I love the energy running gives me and the confidence I receive as I train for and reach my goals.
So far I’ve used Jeff Galloway’s run-walk program. I generally use a “run 4 minutes – walk 1 minute” combination and have increased the speed of my running segments as I’ve become more comfortable running. Today I increased my run time to 5 minute segments (with a 1 minute walk break in between each segment). It worked out well. I definitely want to experiment with 5 minute running segments over longer distances.
I talked with a friend tonight who’s watched my running progress over the last few months. My friend complimented me on my training progress. She smiled and said, “You’re passionate about this.” It’s true. I’m sure it sounds kind of corny, but it’s definitely true.
I saw the musical Wicked last year and loved the song, “Defying Gravity”. Running is something that I’ve always wanted to be successful at but didn’t believe I could. It’s one of my versions of defying gravity.