That'll learn me - perhaps
Wk 4 run 1. Tough. But I don't think it need have been.
I think I'd got a bit too cocky with my last week 3 run. So today, instead of listening to my own advice about slow and steady, I started off with the warm-up walk as fast as I could go. In retrospect, daft. Then the first 3 minute run was uphill - so by then I was getting pretty down about the whole thing, and seriously considering stopping. If that was tough, how on earth would I do 5 minutes after only a short break?!
Kept going though, and then the first 5 minute run was still a bit uphill, and despite going really really slowly, it was sooo tough - but I didn't stop, just plodded on, focusing on one step at a time, and trying to distract myself thinking about posture etc (I've been reading Chi Running - not sure about the 'chi' bit, but the overall principles of running efficiently do make a great deal of sense to me). And I remembered a bit in the book, along the lines of a bad run being a good running lesson. So this was probably a good lesson, because it wasn't a very nice run at all! When Laura asked how I was feeling, I'm afraid that I told her in no uncertain terms.
The second half was marginally better, as it was mostly downhill. I do a circuit, but whichever direction I go in, it's uphill for the first half - I suppose the lesson is that I need to take that into account and not overdo it. (As I've been visiting family over the holidays, I haven't actually done this circuit very many times yet - otherwise I think I might have figured out where the hills were by now.)
Anyway, I didn't give up, and was really pleased when Laura pointed out that I'd run more than I'd walked - wow! Even if 'run' is a bit of a stretch of interpretation.
So I've learnt to listen to my own advice, pace myself especially with hills, and that I can push myself more than I thought. I've also now worked out how to upload my garmin tracks onto googleearth (my garmin isn't a runners one, it's an oregon, for hiking etc, so I can't use the runners downloading thing) and have now figured out how to view the pace and elevation graphs - cool! The running bits still look much the same as the walking bits, but I'm working on it.