WEEK 5 UPDATE:
This week the workouts start changing each day.
1/3--Begin with a 5-minute warm-up walk, then jog for 5 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, jog for 5 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, and jog for 5 minutes.
Monday, January 30--2.043 miles--241.4 calories
2/3--Begin with a 5-minute warm-up walk, then jog 8 minutes, walk 5 minutes, jog 8 minutes.
Tuesday, January 31--2.015 miles--239.7 calories
3/3--Begin with a 5-minute warm-up walk, then jog 20 minutes with no walking.
Wednesday, February 8--2.484 miles--249.6 calories
+ Thursday, February 2--1.327 miles--160.5 calories (made it to 18:30--so 13:30 of the 20-minute run)
My first run this week was okay...I really thought I might die on the third 5-minute run. My second run was awful!! I got terrible side cramps, but I pushed through and finished that run too. Then on my third run for the week I just could not make it through. I ran 13 and 1/2 minutes, but when I saw how far left I had to run I just couldn't go any further. We left for California early Friday morning (I refuse to work out on vacation...I may someday change my mind about this, but for now I'm sticking with the idea that when I go on vacation, I vacation) and didn't get back home until Tuesday night. So Wednesday I tried again with a pit in my stomach thinking this may be my breaking point. If I couldn't get this 20-minute run I would have been really tempted to just give up.
Little did I know that I had unknowingly sabotaged myself along the way! For some reason, the incline on my treadmill was set to a 5.0...I don't know how I didn't find that out on any of my previous runs (no wonder they were so hard...!!). So I set it to a zero, just hoping I could make it through 20 minutes. I had been running at a speed of 6.0 too, so I ran at a 5.0 this time to give me as much in my favor as I could.
I could not believe it when I looked at how long I had been running and I was already at 18 minutes!! So I turned it up to a 6.0 for the last couple of minutes because I felt FREAKING AMAZING. Then at 20 minutes I still felt great. So I kept running and went 22 minutes!! This is definitely my proudest moment up to this point in running.