Back on track…week 3

Yesterday started week three of the nine week 5k training. Last week didn’t go as well as I had hoped; as I mentioned in my last post, I wasn’t feeling well in the last group training. The day after that training session I hit the wall, it wasn’t allergies, I was sick. I even had to go home from work the follow day after the training session. So needless to say I didn’t get my two practice runs in last week; Matt, our coach told me that was ok.  I also know I just didn’t have the energy and I would have done more harm than good if I wold have tried to run and my body needed the rest.

So yesterday was my first run since last Tuesday and this week we were doing 90 second run then walk for 90 seconds, then 3 minute run and walk for 3 minutes with 2 repetitions of the cycle.  By the time we were done I couldn’t believe were finished! I felt great and I’m still not completely over my cold. I know it was only 3 minutes but that can feel like forever if you’ve never done it.  Matt encourages a slow steady pace and that’s what I try to do; especially since I’m still a little under the weather. But I left the night’s session feeling pretty good about how well I did and now I have to do my two practice sessions this week.

Oh, I have already signed up for the target 5k race which is the Firecracker 5K Walk/Run on July 3rd.


Author: Tammi Lewis

I was born and raised in WV. I live in Charleston, WV. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Charleston and from Marshall University Graduate College with my Master’s Degree. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I have been in the field of mental health and substance abuse for about 26 years. I started running about two years ago by beginning a running program to help me prepare for my first 5k. I had wanted to run a 5k for years but never got around to doing it. Two years ago there was an event that happened which sent me on an emotional rollercoaster; starting this program was a way to get off that rollercoaster. Once I finished that first 5k I got the running bug and haven't stopped running since.

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