This morning was the start of week 4 in the couch to 5k program. I've been nervous about this week for a while because of the interval durations and the amount of running required but I decided to, at the very least, attempt day one and see how I felt before thinking about repeating week 3.
Pretty much all of the roadblocks I have come up against during this program have been mental. I doubted myself but pushed through and physically proved myself wrong. A lot fo the people I knwo who run and have done this program have said that so many times the fears and hangups about distance running are all in your head.
This morning I ran into my first physical barrier. I wasn't able to finish the workout. My body simply could not do what I was trying to make it do. I did manage to make it more than halfway through (incuding the full 5 and two 3 minute running intervals) though so that leads me to believe that I CAN do it, just not today.
It's no secret that this week was full of fail. I did get myself back on track but there was some serious trash going into my system this week. Last night Steve and I even ordered pizza and wings. Why I thought it would be okay to eat all of that junk 12 hours before I planned on doing a big workout where I needed to push, heck if I know. I blame it on feeling cocky about my success the last few weeks.
The scale doesn't lie either. My weekly weigh in showed a two pound gain. It could be muscle... or it could be pizza, wings, rootbeer floats etc. The world may never know. What I DO know now though is that if I want my body to perform well I have to give it good fuel. That being said, my goal for this week is to be more mindful of what I am eating and give my body the nutrients and fuel it needs to meet the goals I've set.
Monday is my next running day and as of right now I'm not planning on backing down from the week 4 challenge. I know I can do this with the right preparation.