Challenge of Running Continues – Week 3

Week 3, Day 1 – The Challenge Continues – 3/1/16

Today I felt a bit winded for some reason. I was still sneezing throughout the day, and coughing just a little. I guess that’s why they call it a challenge. A thirty week challenge. Might be allergies. I hate those things. I’m very allergic to perfumes, and I think people were wearing perfume on the train.

Breathing was a little wheezy, but the muscles did not hurt. I could actually do it, and add a little extra on top of it. I did an extra 30 seconds, but tomorrow, I will continue with 7 minutes and 10 seconds. I plan to record it so that I can have proof that I ran 7 full minutes.

Overall

Overall, the running is going ok. The thirty week challenge seems like it’s very possible. It’s a long way off, but it’s doable. Sure, I say that now that I’m in the early stages and I’m running under 10 minutes, but if my hypothesis of being able to increase the run time by 10 seconds each day, I should have no problem getting used to it.

Limitations

I bet I’ll feel it when I get to 20 minutes or so. I’m sure there’s a limit of running. But for now, I’ll assume that I will be able to run without a problem since I’m training very very slowly. Who knows, maybe people in the future will learn to slowly ease themselves to their max no matter their starting level.

I didn’t feel like taking any photos or shoot any videos lately. They’ll all be of me running on a treadmill. I’m hoping to take some pictures of my belly soon. Hopefully a shrinking belly.

Week 3, Day 2 – 3/2/16

I finally decided to film myself. I thought it would be ok to keep track of these things. I mean, after all, I want to see progress. The thing is that running was not too bad at all. I think I’m gaining form. My form is getting better and my overall health seems like it’s improving.

Check out the video channel for more updates on YouTube.

I did get to my 7 minutes 10 second mark. I was watching some cop show on the tv above. I have to warn you, the video is pretty boring. I mean, how exciting is it to watch a fat guy run? The first part is the 2 minute warm-up walk I always do. A little stretching to show off… a little TV watching to distract myself, and then, bam, I start running. Notice how I give hints as to how many minutes I have left in my run.

Let’s hope this keeps up. I can’t wait to get more and more minutes in. I’m really excited, but I can’t rush it too fast. I have to prove to myself that exercising is not really tough at all, and that anyone can be “fooled” into doing it. Just run.

Better now than later

Honestly, even if it takes you a year because you like increasing by 30 seconds each week, think about it. In a year, you’re running 30 minutes! That is still amazing! That’s a huge accomplishment. Imagine where you were a year ago. Now imagine that with almost no effort, you could have been running 30 minutes at once, right now, in this very moment. Imagine the shape you’d be in if you were to do that. In hindsight, it sounds pretty freakin’ awesome. So, why not start now?

Looking back

Back two weeks ago, I remember starting this bit, and it seems like time just flew since then. I can’t believe that I’m already in week 3. It’s not week 15, but still, pretty fast. Pretty soon, I’ll be in week 15. I can’t wait to see how I’ll handle running more than 10 minutes. I’m really curious and excited at the same time.

Wish me luck!

Week 3, Day 3 – 3/3/16

Halfway through week 3. This stuff is not bad at all. I did my 7 minutes and 20 seconds, plus some extra, and I have to say, I’m super excited to be running over 7 minutes.

I was thinking while running; I can make it to 7 minutes… but what will it feel like when I’m running 30 minutes. Will I be able to run that much? Will it be too big of a challenge for me? I mean, I have weeks to do that, to get ready for that, but to run 30 minutes… Mind blowing at the moment.

I suppose since I’m almost running 8 minutes, that’s like almost running 10 minutes… which is 1/3 of the way there. Not so bad. Two more weeks and I’ll be at the 10 minute mark. For me that’s a milestone. Running 10 minutes a day was even recommended by a doctor once. And even this post talks about it being good enough to lose weight.

The hard part

The things is, that while running, the first 3 -4 minutes seem like the hardest. Muscles get sore, breathing becomes faster, I get more tired, but after that middle ground, I’m comfortable to finish off at that same pace.

Talking about pace… I’m running about 5.6 mph, so I suppose that’s a jog at the moment, but my goal is to run time, not distance, or speed. It would be so awesome to be able to even run 30 minutes, no matter the distance or speed. Once I reach that goal, I suppose to keep things interesting, I could increase speed so I can gain distance. Imagine, me… a guy that could barely run 5 minutes, huffing and puffing, running a 30 minute run within 3 miles? Right now, it’s a nice dream to have.

Anything’s possible

I suppose anything’s possible if you put your mind to it. I’ve been putting my mind to it. A couple of nights in a row, I felt like maybe I shouldn’t run. Maybe I’m too tired, maybe I’m not feeling it, maybe I have a cold… but then I realized that I ran 7 minutes yesterday without killing myself, so… why can’t I do it again today? And that’s what motivates me to keep going. I simply go to run because I was able to do it yesterday.

And, because of this new way of increasing my time, 10 seconds a day, I don’t even feel like I won’t be able to do it, because yesterday I ran 7 minutes 10 seconds, why in the world would I not be able to increase by 10 more seconds?

Maybe I should call this the 10 second increase running challenge. In less time than it took you to get out of shape, you’ll get back into shape.

Until tomorrow’s 7 minutes and 30 seconds… good night!

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