Thursday, July 09, 2015

What in the world????

I did the couch to 5 k before.   The program worked like a charm.   I was dropping weight.  I was toning up and I was able to complete each and every run that the program three at me.    This time is different.   Totally different this time.

I have been stuck on that week five for forever it seems!  I attempted that first 20 minute run the other day (fourth if July) and made it about 15 minutes before I quit and walked.     I repeated the other days and attempted it again this morning.   Once again it did not work!  I walked two or three thirty second intervals and then just totally gave it up and walked the last minute or so of the 20 minutes.    I feel like such a failure!   Why is this not working!   And even more importantly, what in the world am I going to do...I'm committed to running a marathon and I can't even make it 20 minutes!!!!

Is it mental?  Is it my diet?   Is it my extra weight (I have gained in the last 6 months)???   Could be all of them.   But honestly I had gotten myself up to running 6 miles back in early April....I haven't gained that much weight since then!!!  I increased quickly and felt wonderfull!  So why is it not working this time?????

Soooo....my plan.

Take Friday off as a rest day and attempt this 30 minutes one more time either Saturday or Sunday.  Maybe drive to the canal and do it on a nice flat shaded path.   Maybe I need to have my rest day and then the next day do my 'long/push it further' runs after that rest day, I just thought '20 minutes that's not much'. (And really I'm discussing this about a measley 20 minute run.....this is embarrassing and sobering!)

If that doesn't work I will be adjusting my training plans.  I will be implementing a walk/run interval plan.  I'll set up the interval timer on my phone and just interval to my hearts content.  I can still build miles in preparation for the half marathon and I can hopefully build the length of my run segments.  Maybe I can get back to running consistently. I know I can do it...I did it in April...I did it last fall.   I know I can do it.  But for some reason right now it's just not happening.  So instead of beating my head against the wall, I'm going to adjust and move on.    I can always adjust my plan again once /if I get over this hump!!!







7 comments:

kathyj333 said...

Hey, We've been living through some pretty sucky weather. The humidity here makes it hard to breath. Just keep moving forward. That's the best thing you can do for yourself. And keep up the good work!

Shelley said...

Is it warm where you are? Because running really changes in the heat/humidity, and that could be what is making you feel like you can't run. I slow waaaaay down when the weather is hot, and I do intervals...it's just too hard to run much, otherwise. Cut yourself some slack, don't panic, and just work on time on your feet. You'll be fine for the big race!

Jen B said...

I've put on weight recently, and things that have worked before don't seem to be working well. I can Zumba for an hour, elliptical, stationary bike ... but running? I just don't know that it will ever click with me. It's HARD!

Lori Ann Goddess said...

I'm starting the couch to 5k this week. I have lost 100 pounds since january

finding lori said...

I was going to say the same thing about the weather. Humidity is killer when trying to work out outside. Take some days off and take it easy especially when really humid. :)

Darcy Winters said...

Yep, I suspect it's the weather that is the source of the trouble. You're also trying to pick up in the 5th week of the training, so maybe try dropping back to week 3 or 4 to let yourself acclimate to the weather. You got this!

Jean said...

Totally agree with the others...I'm just walking, and I still find it difficult right now, and on the especially humid days it is definitely slowing me down. Hang in there...it will come!