Saturday, August 07, 2010
So week 1 of my second year of med school is complete. First exam on Monday morning, Cardiovascular. I started the week of well with good intentions by completing shoulders/triceps routine with Ab ripper x. Then Tuesday and Wednesday was an insane number of hours studying, feeling overwhelmed to the point of tears and packing for Jared and the kids' trip to Texas.
Remember that I mentioned something about a half-marathon in November? I have not run in months and when I used to try to run, I hated it. I would try to run for 20 minutes straight and I could never make it much past 10. The intervals that I tried to do would kill me because I would get side cramps from stopping and starting running. But my friends and I decided together that we would do this training together, so we are determined.
So, thursday my family had left for Texas and I was a free woman after class. One friend and I went to the gym with the goal of a 2 mile run in mind. We warmed up, stretched and took off. She's been running all summer (on and off) and she's 8 years younger than I am, her pace was very fast. She was still able to talk, but I was struggling. I made it 1.5mi and felt sick and she finished the 2miles. We did some strength training, too.
Afterward, I was discouraged.
Fast forward to tonight, Saturday. They came over to have dinner, study and we planned on running at some point when we needed a break from the books. The training program starts with you at the point of being able to run at least 30 minutes straight. So we decided that was our goal tonight to see if we could at least do that. The temperature was perfect and we had great company. Tonight I ran at the right pace(I could still talk). After 30 minutes and 3.3 miles, I felt like I could go for 30 more! So I sprinted for a block and then cooled down. I felt great!! I am sooo excited.
So, p90x is on hold for a little while. I'm going to use it as part of my cross training for this half marathon. Especially the yoga and x stretch.
I've always wanted to be a runner and now I see that is possible:) So excited!!