Three Is The Magic Number
C25K. Week 3. Day 3. Run for 3 minutes.
I’ve been looking forward to this evening’s run since Sunday. Apart from the fact that it means I get to move on to Week 4 of C25K this weekend, being able to run for three minutes at a time actually feels like running.
I know three minutes doesn’t sound like much, but you can cover a decent amount of ground in that time. You can actually get somewhere faster than you would by walking. And that, for me, feels like running.
The run itself, however, seemed to go in a bit too quickly this evening. I still did the same twenty eight minutes that I did on Saturday and Sunday, and covered pretty much the same distance, but somehow the weekend runs felt much longer.
Perhaps this is because it gets easier by the third day. I’m not huffing and puffing quite as much by Wednesday; I’m not trying to figure out how many more seconds I have left before I can walk again; and by the end of the final run, I actually feel like I could go on and do at least one more.
One of the things that helps is having some music to listen to. During the first week, I just listened to the instructions on the app while I ran, but now I’ve realised that you can actually listen to music while the app is running.
The music helps for a couple of reasons: when I’m struggling, it helps me to focus on maintaining a pace; when I’m doing well, it takes my mind away from the mechanics of running; and when I’m nearing the end of the run, whatever song I’m listening to seems to spur me on through those final strides to the finish.
And by some strange coincidence, this is what I ended with tonight…
What do you listen to while you’re running? Do you have a favourite track or playlist? How does music affect you when you are running? Please share your thoughts in the comments.