I think it’s alright for me to state that I have “started running”. Really. I went out on Saturday, and did so again today, and both times I “ran” for over half an hour (although since I’m following the Couch to 5K pseudo-plan, the actual time spent running was probably closer to 10 or 12 minutes).
I have no doubt that my ability to do this has been helped enormously by the insanely nice sunny weather we’ve been having lately. I’m actually half-wanting to see a colder or slightly drizzly day just to see if I’d still manage to make myself go running or not. It’s nice to know in the meantime that I can run on a weekday (!) if I really want to.
But you hate running, you might interject, or so you keep insisting. How on Earth did you motivate yourself to do it? Music. I found Iestyn Lloyd’s podcast (for which I can’t find a link right now, sorry) which basically broke down each of the weeks into the correct intervals of walking and running and featured him telling you at the appropriate time markers what you should be doing. Brilliant! While I have, in my past, been known to run with a kitchen timer in my pocket in order to track the ratios of walking to running, I really hated that, and it’s a little embarrassing to be running past another person and start beeping.
So Iestyn’s podcast is brilliant for me; brilliant but a little boring. There isn’t any music in it — just the spoken reminders of when to do what… and long stretches of silence. in fact, at first I was worried I’d hit the pause button on my player while I was running.
So, inspired by the patterning idea, I sifted through my library and picked out tracks of the appropriate length, slapped them together with a couple explanatory notes in Audacity and I was off to the races! Surprisingly enough, I’ve been finding that the half-hour-ish length is slightly too short for me. (Although until I buy myself a better pair of shoes, the half hour is plenty long enough according to my left foot’s arch.) This encourages me to think that I might one day run for fun in the misty future beyond my successful 5k run.
In all of my musical sorting and pasting, I got so enthusiastic about the “songs to cue changes in running/walking” that I also put together a tracklist for week 4 (which includes Disney showtunes!) and am thinking about the ones for week 5. I’m hoping at the end of all this to come up with maybe 4 or 5 different track lists, all of which should have about 20 or 30 minutes of running, with quick warm ups/cool downs on the ends. I might also do one with 8-minute run, 3-minute walk intervals for days when I feel like a slacker. We’ll see. I’m also hoping to find people to swap playlists with, because I’m a nerd that way. I guess we’ll see on that front too.
Oh, and of course I’ll be fitter and able to run 5 km without needing to stop or keeling over. Right. That’s important too.