I rode on my bike for thirty minutes of “crosstraining” as requested by Hal. I biked out to the lakefront and then north until fifteen minutes had passed. I made it just to the 47th street overpass, chose to bike UP the steep hill instead of around it (the path splits into “hardcore” and “wussy” and I chose “hardcore,” of course!). Biking the route that I’ve been running reminded me why I’ve always liked biking so much– it’s FASTER! And EASIER! I flew along with the wind in my face, working moderately hard but nothing like the hard work of running that same route. My heart rate monitor needs a new battery. When I get that going again I’ll be curious to see how my biking heart rate compares to my running heart rate. Last summer “pushing it” on the bike brought my heart rate into the 160s. “Pushing it” while running takes my heart rate into the 180s, and if I’m really “dying,” the 190s (personal max seen while running: 195).

This was my first ride on my new bike. 6 miles in 30 minutes. I need to get some handlebar tape because my hands hurt. My butt hurt a little, too, while riding, which is typical when getting used to a new saddle. My arms, shoulders and back are quite sore from weight training yesterday. My lower body is not sore from weight training at all.

Hal says: Thursday: 2 mile run, followed by strength. I say: 2 miles? Ha! In my sleep!

Oh, PS: I finally found an aspirational photo to post on my fridge:

Just kidding! Just kidding!

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Using the Couch to 5K plan is the first time I have ever stuck to a workout plan, EVER in my life. I really like putting the burden of deciding how much to do onto someone else, and trusting the training plan to WORK and prepare me for each subsequent week of training. So far it’s been an incredibly positive experience. I only have two more weeks to go before I “graduate” from the C25K program, and if I keep going with running every other day, I will finish… April 5th! My race isn’t until April 19th, so I will of course need to keep training to be ready– I want to smile across the finish line, not grimace in pain! PLUS since I’ve been doing the C25K plan by time and not distance, and because I am running at a relatively slower pace, I need to train myself to run a bit longer to truly be ready for the 5K distance race.

I am already looking forward to future running goals– I’d like to run a 10k race this summer, and maybe even a half marathon someday! I have printed out Hal Higdon’s 10K race training program for novices, and I will start following that plan as soon as I reach the end of the C25K plan.

It’s funny, because I consider myself an independent lady who likes to do things her own way, and in her own time. When it comes to running I’m just the opposite. If left to my own judgment, I would decide that running 25 minutes straight isn’t possible, feasible or fun. But when the plan says run, I run. I believe in the plan. I’m not ready to be without one.