I’ve found out that the biggest part of doing this running routine is mental for me. I’m on the second week of it. The first week was warm up at a walk for 5 minutes, then jog 60 seconds and then walk 90 seconds. Repeat until you get 20 minutes which is 8 repeats of the run/walk. Week 2 was to be just the opposite jog 90 seconds/walk 60. So that’s 8 repeats again.
When it came time to start the jog 90 seconds my brain was convinced that there was no way on earth I could do it. 90 seconds, are you nuts? But I went really slow (for you horse people out there think western pleasure jog) and I was fine. On the second day of this I went faster and still did fine. This is totally amazing to me!
I have one more day this week of this routine so I just decided to look ahead and see what next week brings. Guess what? I’m not supposed to be running 90/walking 60 for 8 repeats. I’m supposed to be running 90/walking 120 for 5 repeats. And, I’ve noticed by doing the math that I’m not supposed to be doing my repeats for 20 minutes. I’m supposed to be doing the walking warmup PLUS the repeats for a total of 20 minutes. You know what this means?????
I’m overachieving at running! And it still seems easy to me.
But my brain is already freaking out about the next bump in the routine. Jog 90 seconds/walk 90 seconds/jog 3 minutes/ walk 3 minutes (repeat twice). Run 3 minutes – I’ll believe it when I see it!