C25K, week 4, day 3 – the it’s good to talk run part II.

Running on the treadmill.
Photo by Farhad Sh via Flickr

Sorry for the lack of updates (and commenting on other blogs), I’ve been on deadline for a couple of work stories so haven’t had a spare minute to write for fun.

Workout: 5 min warm-up, 3 min run, 90 sec walk, 5 min run, 2.5 min walk, 3 min run, 90 sec walk, 5 min run, 5 min cool-down.

Weather: Perfect conditions (i.e. not outside).

Distractions: Mirrors EVERYWHERE. I have realised I am clearly not a natural runner. My technique could best be described as galumphing.

Motivation: 9/10 (what a difference being warm and not wearing all your clothes at once makes).

I seem to have the kind of face which makes strangers feel comfortable talking to me – this  is ideal if you happen to be a journalist but not as great if you struggle to run and breathe at the same time let alone talk.

I decided that I would give week 4, day 3 a shot and if I still struggled I would go back and repeat it. I had just started my warm-up walk when a lady climbed on to the treadmill next to me and immediately said hello and started conversing. We continued to chat as I started my first run section and as time wore on I remember thinking: “This is the longest three minutes OF MY LIFE.” Finally, the robot lady told me it was time to walk and I almost collapsed with relief but when I checked the app I had managed to run through three steps (almost 10 minutes). I was stunned but it just proves that all my struggles are mental. This is something I clearly need to work on some how.

Anyway, if you haven’t already guessed I have given in and joined our local community gym for the winter months. I will run outside in the wind or cold or rain but when all three hit at once I’m afraid I turn into a complete wuss. And with childcare limited, I was running less and less so I decided this was the next best option.

Luckily the gym has just undergone a major refit in preparation for my arrival (how did they know?) so everything it is all spangly and new. It is also very well priced (which is the only reason I was able to join), as it’s subsidised by the local council, and there is no minimum sign-up period so I can always start running outside when the weather takes a turn for the better.

Everyone also seems really nice. The lady I was speaking to asked why I had joined and when I said I wanted to lose about four stone she eyed me up and down and said: “Are you sure?” Love her (and being tall and wearing baggy clothes).

I feel really positive about the next run, despite it being lots of 5 minute steps, so joining the gym has already been good for me. I’ll just have to live with my conscience about it not being as good for the environment.

#ThisGirlCan in a gym, it seems.

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