This morning before going to work I completed week 3 (day 3) of my Bridge-to-10K (penguin version) training schedule which calls for 3 repetitions of 17 minutes of running (jogging) each separated by one minute of fast walking. I covered a little over 7K and still had some fuel in the tank! (My longest run ever.)
At first, I didn’t like the idea of starting over again with intervals after finishing C25K (Couch-to-5K) on schedule and being able to run for 30 minutes straight. (Being a new runner, I somehow felt that this would reduce the endurance that I built up.) When I was following the C25K plan I feared the longer intervals of 25 and 30 minutes because I was so afraid that I would not be able to complete them successfully. Now, I am actually looking forward to these intervals. I no longer think about how difficult they will be. Instead I see myself successfully completing each day by focusing on that day alone and not worrying about the next hurdle. I will overcome that hurdle when I come to it.
Most importantly, I realize that by concentrating on the benefits rather than the difficulties, it is much easier to complete each step in B210K.