OMG! It was brutal! I've been walking/running on the treadmill for about a month or two. Nothing compares to running outside. It also probably made a big difference that I have been walking four to five minutes between each one to two minute run. I've been wishy washy about training on the treadmill vs. outside. I figure since the race is going to be on the road it's best to train under similar conditions.
First of all, I was very nervous. The walking trail I chose has a pretty good mix of inclines. I was good until the fifth and sixth run. I couldn't even finish them. I stopped after 30 seconds on the fifth run and after 50 seconds on the sixth run. I'm not sure if it was a good idea or not but I repeated both of them. Running up an incline was pretty challenging but I know in the long run it will be worth it.
Next, I'm not so sure about my pace. I think I may need to slow down a bit. It was only the first day. Now that the first day jitters are over I can learn what is going to be best for me by trial and error. I'm also thinking that I may need to repeat Week One. We'll see....
At any rate, I'm so proud of myself. I was so afraid I was going to talk myself out of it. I was feeling a bit self-conscious but I believe I did okay. Looking forward to day two on Wednesday!
3 weeks ago