Thursday, March 24, 2011

Holy S*@# I Did It

I did my first interval. Thanks to K's and KT's inspiration, I did it! After reading about K's running group my first thought was "I could do that. I could really, really do that." So I printed out this program and set it aside, thinking "I WILL do that. One day." This morning I texted KT and said, "I'm back. Just unpacking. Come by anytime." Five minutes later she is at my doorstep with coffee in both hands with her fabulous new dark hair that matches mine. It took me a few seconds to recognize her through the peephole but the second I did I threw open and welcomed her with the jumping up and down squeal we normally do when we see each other. An hour later after one our inspirational talks, she was off to work, and I was throwing on my tennis shoes as she walked out the door to take my first interval. Here is how it went down:

8:57am Walking 5 minutes. This is a pleasant way to start. I like walking.
8:59am Wow, this is boring as s*@#. How am I going to do this for twenty minutes?!
9:02am Time to start running. 60 seconds is SO long. How am I going to do this?
9:02am 45sec How can it have been 45 seconds already? I only have 15 seconds left. Wow, time flies.
9:03am Time to start walking again. This is awesome. I can run, heck I don't even have to run, jog for 60 seconds at a time.
9:03am 45sec This is taking forever. How much longer do I have to walk?
9:04am 30sec I'm running out of soft ground to run on. I don't want to jolt my back
9:05am 30 sec Time to start walking again. Sweet, I only have 20 minutes left.
9:07am Running time. Dang, the place I wanted to go is fenced off. I'll try and explore a path through on walking time.
9:08am Oh, sweet! I only have TEN minutes left, not 20 - the total time is supposed to be twenty. Time to turn around soon.
9:09am 30sec Dang, can't find a path through the fence. Got to head back any way.
9:12am Walking again. Shoot, am I going to make it back in time?
9:13am 30 sec Can't wait to blog about my random-arse thoughts on this run.
9:14am Looks like I'm going to make it back just in time.
9:16am Running time - by now it goes so fast I look forward to the running instead of the walking. Oh, look, there's Mar's old apartment and our old apartment. Such sweet memories. Means I'm close to home.
9:16am 30 sec Hell, yes. I am walking up the stairs to my apartment. Okay, running, but I love when I estimate time exactly to the second and I will make it to my door at 9:17am exactly.
9:17am At my door. Fist pump
9:18am Blogging time. Wow, my back is covered in sweat and I didn't even feel it on the run. In love.
9:27am Time to go shower and pick Justinbustin up for lunch.

Hahaha, okay I just realized I did this all in California time as I was using Justinbustin's watch still set to Cali time. Fast forward all those time two hours and it'll be accurate, but, really, who cares? Go me either way.


pinksundrops said...

PS Just read K's answer to my question, "How do you go from jogging to running since the program just says jog?"

Here is her answer:
"jogging and running aren't the same, but they are. In all honesty, typically what K and I do would be considered jogging. But no one ever says they "jogged" a marathon or even a half-marathon."


Teagan B. Sawyer said...

Go you!! That is totally inspire me to try and run (when it gets to above freezing again here of course haha). xo

linda said...

Wow. Impressed by you! Maybe I can babystep towards this. I do not work out ever.

Ashley said...

Go you!! :) I'm proud of you. Sounds like a lot of running though, I don't know if I would be able to do it.

<3 Ash

pinksundrops said...

Teagan - I've been wanting to run for years! I'm so glad K did this program with her running group and shared her experience that finally gave me the oomph to believe I could really do this.

Linda - That's exactly what I'm having to do. Crossing fingers it works!

Ashley - Hate to sound cliche, but if I can do it anyone can - and you of all people since you love hiking like me. I'll let you know when I get there though!


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