Today’s workout went really well.Â In fact, it might have been the best workout I’ve ever had.Â Here’s what happened.
I started out with a five minute walk around the gym’s indoor track.Â I felt a little hungry – and this is how I like to feel, right before a workout.Â Not famished, but a little reptilian.Â I actually forgot to bring a bottle of water to the gym, so after each lap of the track, I’d take several sips from the water fountain.Â After warming up, and doing a bit of stretching, I hit the free weights.
Focusing on my back and my biceps and shoulders, I did several different types of curls and combination moves.Â I really thought about each movement, each repetition.
After completing the weight lifting portion of my workout, I considered quitting and going home, but I was feeling great.Â So, I decided to jump on the treadmill and work on Week 5, Day 1 of the Couch to 5K training program.
That’s when things turned from great to awesome.
On Day 1 of Week 5, the first running interval is to last 5 minutes.Â On Day 2, the first running interval lasts 8 minutes.Â On day 3, the interval lasts 20 minutes.Â Since I managed to squeeze an extra running session in Saturday, and I was coming off of two days of rest, I decided to skip Day 1 and move directly to Day 2.
As I passed the 5 minute mark, I noticed something.Â My breathing, instead of being rushed or ragged, was smooth, easy.Â My legs, instead of feeling heavy, tired, or sore, felt light and powerful.Â I kept running.Â I hit the 8 minute mark, and I still felt fresh, almost as if I were just having a nice walk.Â So, I decided to push on, and do the entire 20 minute run, without walking.
And it was easy.
Seriously, I just kept running and running, and my lungs felt great, my back felt great, my whole body felt great.Â I even ran past the 20 minute mark, and ran for an extra 2 minutes.Â I only stopped out of fear of over-training.
To put this into a little perspective, four months ago, I was struggling to run 2 minutes without stopping.Â Now, I’m running 10 times that long, and I’m ready for more.Â Granted, comparing myself to those who run marathons, I’m still a super-newbie.Â However, compared to the NCN of four months ago?Â I’m like an running-machine!
I’ll be very interested to see how I do Thursday.Â Frankly, I fully anticipate that Thursday will be harder than today, because today I had the benefit of two full days of rest.Â We shall see.