I didn’t want to talk about it then because I was ashamed for quitting about halfway through. I was running outside for the first time, on an empty stomach sloshing around with coffee from that morning. I was cold, hungry, thirsty, and jittery. I talked to my friend Krista about it yesterday, and she asked me what I learned. I joked: “I wanted to die?”
But really, she has a point. I learned (with her help) to drink water steadily throughout the day before running, not coffee, to eat a small, protein-rich snack about half an hour before I run, run inside or dress more warmly, and start off a little bit slower.
Last night I ran W2D1. I completed the workout (5 intervals: 90 seconds of running alternating with 2 minutes of walking), although I did start walking 15 seconds early on Interval 4 and 5 seconds early on Interval 5. Had I been paying attention on Interval 5 and realized that I only had 5 seconds to go, I would have pushed through to the end.
I did have too much to eat and drink beforehand, and when I was doing my 5-minute cool-down walk, I felt like I was going to throw up. Apparently, sitting in the sauna for a few minutes afterward helps with that. Or maybe it was just sitting down at all.
But I feel like for the most part, yesterday went waaaaaaaaay better than Saturday. It’s nice to feel some sort of accomplishment. I can’t believe I ran 90 seconds without stopping! It may sound small, but to a non-runner exercise-avoider like me, it really is an accomplishment.
Next goal: to complete Week 2, Day 2 tomorrow (Wednesday) or Thursday — depending on when I can cajole my husband and/or parents into watching my son — and run each interval all the way through the 90 seconds.