Last week I had a tough wog. I take that back. It wasn’t tough. It flat out SUCKED. The day was beautiful, so I attempted the outdoor track. I had high hopes until I looked at my Couch to 10k app. Run 20 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Run 20 minutes again.
The last wog had been run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute, 4 times. That 1 minute walk was frickin’ important. How can you just jump to 20?!
As I feared, the wog sucked. (Self fulfilled prophecy? Perhaps.) I jogged, kicking my own butt around the track, for 20 minutes, then sat down and pouted.
I attempted it again the next day, with similar results. I felt defeated. And frustrated. And I took 4 days off.
Monday I was back in the gym, but unwilling to let myself have another bad wog, I backtracked from week 11 on the C210k app to week 9.
Run 7 minutes then walk 2 minutes 6 times.
I rocked those 5 miles.
I took pilates on Tuesday and was back on the dreadmill yesterday.
Run 8 minutes, walk 2 minutes 5 times.
Though my legs felt like logs, I got into it (running at a 10 minute mile pace- 6.0 on the treadmill). It was tough.
I got through 4.8 miles, but man, was I dragging afterwards. I don’t understand. What’s the difference from Monday to Wednesday? The challenge wasn’t all that different.
If that’s tough, how am I even going to attempt 20 minutes of jogging?
Do I need more rest days?
Do I need to eat differently beforehand?
I’m very close to resorting to caffeine-fueled wogs- especially if I have to even attempt to tackle (2) 20 minutes runs. I’ve wogged after a cup of coffee once or twice and I feel like I’m invincible! Before I start my caffeine drip, do you have any suggestions?!