For the love of all that is holy....
Hills are no joke. Frealz. I was able to do 12:30 before I had to do my cool down walk. I alternated 6.5mph at 0% incline for 2 minutes, then upped it to 6.0% incline and decreased it to 5.5 mph for one minute. Repeat.
I know 12 and a half minutes isn't a long time. At all. But my legs felt like straight up jello, and I was sweating like Lindsey Lohan in rehab. I was wonderful and horrible all at the same time. I have created my psuedo "Start training for Disney" plan, that I will alter as Disney gets closer. For now it goes something like this:
3 runs per week (minimum)
1 hills run
1 speed run (intervals)
1 long run
Hills: Currently I hit 12:30 at the previously mentioned pace. I'm going to shoot for 15 minutes next time, and keep increasing until I can do the entire workout for 30 minutes. Then I'll work on increasing the pace.
Speed: 1 minute regular pace, 1 minute speed. Increase as I improve.
Long run: Self-explanatory.
My goal is to be able to run Disney at a 7.0 mph (8:34) pace. Or faster. I mean, preferably faster, but this is a speed I feel I could be proud of. I will get there. I know my workout today seemed super short and easy, but for me, it wasn't. I was pushing myself and it was hard. Sometimes when I'm reading all your wonderful blogs, I forget I'm not you. I just started running four months ago, and was out of commission on/off for two of those. I used to not be able to hold 6mph for 2 miles, and my first 5K was in the 33 minute time frame.
You guys are so inspiring, and I just want to get where y'all are, and so fast. But I just have to remind myself, it will take time, and to listen to my body. I know I'm not slacking, because I can feel it. And I'm improving. I realized today, that I'm proud of myself. And I love all of you for supporting me, and pushing me to get better, you guys are amazing. I'll keep working at it, and keep reading about y'alls amazing runs to keep me inspired. :)
Can you tell I'm hyped up on endorphins? Am I being sappy enough?! Lol.