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This morning I completed the first day of week 3 of my Couch to 5K training. I like using the Podrunner Intervals MP3s while I’m running because they make a beeping sound when I’m supposed to switch from running to walking or back again. I’ve done interval training in the past by using my watch, which only makes me focus on the time. I’ll be huffing and puffing and look at my wrist to see I only have 30 seconds left…and then I check again and I have 20 seconds left…and then again I see I have 15 seconds left…and OH MY GOD CAN I STOP RUNNING YET?! Surely 30 seconds have gone by, right? A watched pot never boils, and a watched sports watch moves slower through time than an unwatched one. Having the podcast alert me when to switch gears let my mind wander and focus on other things than the time, making the whole run go by quicker.

At least, it usually does, until that last 3 minute interval I had to do today. I ran down the trail in one direction and turned around at the usual spot I’ve used during these runs, but because I was doing long running segments this week, I got back home faster than normal. So I had to keep chugging past the gate to my complex…and chugging some more…and then, oh really, let’s just walk the rest of the way even if I have to cut 60 seconds off the last interval. It is muggy and hot and this is good enough. Anyway, I’m still on track for the 5K, which is now less than two months away!

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Sara • June 20, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Great job with your training, PQ! Keep it up – and best of luck with this midwest humidity! Eek! I too, was tickled to find the C25K podcasts with the prompt – in case I ever decide to attempt the C25K program again, that is. ;) Have you also seen the gymboss interval timers? They will prompt you with a beep or vibrate at any intervals that you choose. :)

Gymboss Interval Timer

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D.K. • June 21, 2009 at 9:47 am

I remember something similar when I had my first baby. I could see the clock the whole time. Between contractions the hands would fly and then I swear as soon as the pain hit they stopped dead.

Good work on your running. I hope to be where you are by the end of the year.

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janis • June 21, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Thanks for the podcast plug. I had used a different one last time around and was SO relieved when the runs got longer… so I could switch to my own music! The podcast music sounded like what I would call gay bar techno… however I think I would offend my gay friends if I said that.

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