My last post here was on March 3. Today is March 22. A gap of 19 days despite my commitment (to Linda and, more importantly, myself) that I would post once a week. Not surprisingly to anyone, I’m sure, is that along with dropping the ball on updating here, I have fallen off the running wagon. When wrote my last post I had just finished Week 1. I did complete Week 2, and finished Day 1 of Week 3. And then…I don’t know what.
I wonder if swearing is allowed here? Because that would feel really good. I am so angry, and only at myself. There are “reasons” I could cite for not having run for 12 days. But none of them are good enough. They’re all just…life. Around the time of my last run we had some disturbing news from my son’s teachers. I allowed myself to use that as an excuse not to run, knowing in the back of my mind that exercise was exactly what I needed to help me deal with things better. Then I was visited by my monthly lady friend, then got sick for a few days with a weird sinus thing, and boom…one missed run turned into two, then four…and here I am. I should be starting Week 5 tomorrow, and instead I am less than half way through Week 3.
I know that what I need to do now is shake it off, get off my ass, and get going again. I really want to stick with my plan to run a 5k on April 18…I’m just torn about how to proceed. The options I feel like I have are:
• Condense the C25K training plan by running every other day (instead of just three times a week) from now on, which would put me at starting Week 8 (which calls for 2.75 mile runs) and I would feel ok about stretching it to 3.1 miles for the race.
• Stick to the training plan as it is dictated, starting at Week 3 Day 2. That only puts me a week behind on race day where I would be if I did Option 1.
• Stick to the training plan as dictated, but find a 5k that takes place after I fully complete the whole program (which would be May 1)
What do you guys think? I want to do the right thing, but I want to avoid letting myself off the hook. I set a goal of a 5k on April 18, and if running every other day (especially at the relatively low distances in this plan) is ok, I think that is the way to go. But I need input from all of you, who I know have been where I am in some form.
I am (once again) starting over, and recommitting to posting every week and sticking with my training plan, whatever that ends up being. Thanks to all of you for your support.