BIG THINGS to report on this week. THIS. WEEK. WAS. HUGE.
Report #1 - I almost died. BUT NO for real this time! I ran outside all week this week (more on this below). I was running on the track near my home and was busy concentrating on landing right with my feet, breathing correctly, and not dying. Out of the very corner of my eye, I saw a poor lost pup! Being the dog lover I am (seriously people, dogs are love wrapped in fur) I immediately started heading over to bring the poor pooch back to his family. As I look up - IT WAS NO DOG! It was a doe - a deer - A FEMALE DEER!
She came rocketing out of the woods with purpose. As soon as I looked up and realized what creature was bounding straight for me - I think she realized it too. We were both pretty scared! She scurried back into the safety of nature and I kept on running. . . Only in Wisconsin, folks.
Report #2 - YES I went outside again! Remember back to week 3 when I swore that would never happen again? The worst part of my experience were the absolutely awful earbuds I was using. Having to run while holding a device into your ear hole really takes away from your workout. I have enough to concentrate on (remember - breathe, land right with the foot, don't die). Well you see, when you ask God he provides. The good people at AYL sent me a pair of AX8 Bluetooth Earphones to try out in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
Now when I saw this offer I thought - crap. This means I have to run outside again. BUT I really wondered if having the right gadgets would truly make a difference. And so, I said why not. WELL I am so glad I did! These headphones came with three different ear tips for the perfect fit. The earphones came with the medium sized ear tips and nope, those guys were too big. I went down to the smaller tip and they were perfect! Once I was done playing Goldilocks and the Three Bears (oh PLEASE don't let any bears come out of the woods next week) - it was time to hit the pavement. These earphones are wireless so that was really nice, too. I was able to not worry about being connected to my cell phone. I don't yet have an arm band and putting my phone in my sports bra is gross, so I have to hold my phone while I run. AND guess what?! The headphones didn't fall out of my ears! Not even once! I have also had them now a bit over a week and they are still on the original charge so they don't drain easily. I would honestly recommend these to anyone looking for a good fit - even just for listening to music at home.
Report #3 - I ditched the Couch to 10K program. At the end of week 4 I was feeling defeated. The program had me running up to 5 minutes at a time. I was struggling with 3 minutes! I hit that 5 minute mark I think once that week and I just couldn't get to it again. I was feeling like a failure. Ready to hang up my sneakers and cheer my friends on from the sidelines. But then - it sorta hit me. WHY am I doing such a typical program? Lord knows I am nothing but typical. And so - I decided to do my own thing. I would do a 1 minute run followed by a 2 minute BRISK walk. You can do anything for 60 seconds, right? And so I did. AND I had the most progressive week yet. I ran further (double the distance of weeks 1-4) and my pace was so much better. I have hit nearly 3 miles each run this week! That's a 5K people. I actually signed up for a local 5K that is taking place next week so I am really fired up to put my hard work into a real race!
Have you ever been working hard towards a goal and realized you were doing it the hard way? How did you make it easier? Let's chat below!
(To follow my journey from the start - view all my running posts.)