Wednesday, October 07, 2015
I’m almost a week away from my first 5k run! I’m a really slow runner and calculated that it’ll take me about 43 minutes to run that far. Yes, I run a 14 minute mile. Yes, I walk a 16 minute mile. Yes, that means I don’t run much faster that I walk. I’m not worried about that, I know I’ll get faster eventually. What I’m worried about is the way the running program is structured. Before I attempt the 5k, my longest running segment will have been 20 minutes. While I think that is a good portion of a 5k for most people, that isn’t even half the time I need to run a 5k. So I’ll be going from running 20 minutes on Monday to running over twice that four days later. That seems like a HUGE jump. I’m really afraid that I won’t be able to do it. I know that I can extend the program and keep pushing until I reach my goal. However, I had my heart set on reaching my goal next week. I don’t WANT to have to wait.
Another reason is that I would like to sign up for the Turkey Trot this year, a 4 mile race. That’s 6.4k. How can I expect to complete that if I can’t even do 3 miles? I had planned a month and a half to up my speed and endurance to be able to complete a 4 mile run by Thanksgiving. Now, it seems like it won’t happen. Maybe it’s just nerves. Maybe I’m being irrational. Maybe this will push me to complete my first 5k run on schedule. Maybe I should stop stressing and accept that I won’t complete the program on schedule.
Anyone else have these problems when they started running?