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Couch to 5k, week 4, day 3-6 report

Monday, August 31, 2009

Woops! I haven't updated in a while. But don't you worry; it doesn't mean I've been slacking off.

I finished c25k week 4 on 8/21: I wasn't feeling well on Thursday and was even less well on Friday when I got up for my run, but I wasn't going to let that stop me. Both of my running partners were unable to join me as Clara was out of town and Heather had overslept, (oops), so for once I had to be my own motivator and head out alone.

I managed to ignore the head cold somehow and felt really strong through all of the runs and even managed to push myself a little harder on the final minute of the last 5 minute run. I ended day 3 of week 4, feeling energized and powerful and maybe even ready for week 5.

After the run on Friday, my family and I packed ourselves up and headed up to Lassen Volcanic National Park to camp for the weekend. If you've never been there and you're spending some time in Northern California, I definitely recommend it. The Lava beds are fantastic and the hike up to the top of the cinder cone is definitely a challenge but well worth it.

The hike to the base of the cinder cone is about a mile and a half and I ended up carrying my 3 year old the whole way there on my back. I couldn't help thinking that running had really improved my stamina and also how crazy it is that I used to walk around with that extra 37lbs all the time. Once we got to the base of the cinder cone, my husband and our friend Dan traded off carrying my son up to the top, (the trail was very steep). At several points during the hike to the top of the cone I had to stop and rest, and I really wasn't sure I was going to make it, but I eventually did make it to the top. I knew I couldn't go back because I was carrying the water for my husband and my son. I figured if my little boy was up at the top, I could get there too. I ended the hike by carrying my son all the way back to our camp from the base of the cone. By the time we got back to camp, I was so completely wiped out that I could barely stand, but felt so proud that I'd made it.

Week of 8/24:
Because I'd heard from Clara that she had hurt her ankle and wouldn't be able to run with us and I was still recovering from my cold, I made the executive decision that we wouldn't move up the next week. So Heather and I repeated the week 4 runs the week of 8/24. I found that because we weren't moving up in distance, I was able to increase my pace a little and run a little faster. I ended week 4, day 6 feeling completely ready for week 5.
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