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The 3 minute barrier

November 29, 2012

Despite much trepidation I started week 3 of Couch25K last night. This involves the usual 5 min walk warm-up, 90s running, 90s walk, 3 min run, 3 min walk, repeat and then a 5 min cool down. Having been so successful on Monday trying out the treadmill and with the outside temps plummeting I thought I’d give this one a go in the gym.

This time I remembered the gym code :-). Warm-up completed I launch into a 90 second run thinking ‘this isn’t so bad after all’, I was even pretty collected by the end of the 90 second walk. Then came the ‘big one’, can I stretch myself to 3 min running without having a coronary or getting so tired I fall off the treadmill? The short answer is – Yes. Although, I quickly found that I can’t sustain the same pace, but I can keep going.

Having done one interval set, I start the second. Its a different kettle of fish trying to run for 90 seconds on tired legs and I must have looked comical zig-zagging all over the treadmill. Even harder was the 3 min section. I must confess it was made a little easier by the hottie on my right side who was running at the same pace as me, not that I was looking #honest (just incase the BF is reading :-)).

Finally, its time to cool down and try to get off the treadmill without falling over. If this motion sickness/disturbance persists I can see I’m going to have to perfect some sort of nonchalant walk, because right now I just look drunk, or like I’ve had a damn good seeing to. Mind you, if the latter was the case more people would go to the gym :-).

Now my challenge is not to eat too much sweet stuff between now and my next run on Friday. Maybe I should stick to setting targets I’m likely to achieve………

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