Yesterday, I laced up my running shoes and hit the pavement for Day 2 of Week 5 of the C25K program. Day 1 of Week 5 had me warming up with a brisk 5 minute walk, followed by 5 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running and a 5 minute cool down. So, I was expecting Day 2 to follow the same routine, since, Weeks 1-4 had all followed the same routine for all three days.
Week 5, however, is a very special snowflake, because, Day 2 ended up being a 5 minute warm up followed by 8 minutes of running, 4 minutes of walking, 8 minutes of running and a 5 minute cool down. Which, would probably have been fine, you know, if I had read the instructions. As it was, I spent three minutes thinking that I was experiencing the longest five minutes of my life.
Once I glanced at my iPod and saw that I was actually running for eight minutes, I assumed that I had, somehow, skipped ahead to Week 6 and, I was bummed. Not bummed enough to stop running, thank goodness, but, bummed.
When I got home and figured out what was going on, I was both relieved (at not having skipped ahead) and confused by the sudden change in routine.
Then, I read ahead to see what Day 3 of Week 5 had in store for me and I just about choked on my own tongue (which, was still sort of dry from sixteen minutes of running): Day 3? 5 minute brisk walking warm up followed by 20 minutes of running WITH NO WALKING, and, finally, a 5 minute cool down.
How do we go from eight minute intervals to twenty?
And, how will I ever survive that?
If you don't hear from me after 7:00 tomorrow evening, you might want to let the proper authorities know that I collapsed somewhere on the trail between my house and the local community park.
Because, that could totally happen.