I had been under the weather since my last little venture outside. Since then I have not run or been to the gym. But with the weather being so awful, it was back on the old treadmill for me today. I have decided to stay on W3 until it feels easy-ish. The 3 minute runs are not such a shock to my system as they had been in the past, but I don't feel ready to tackle 5 minute runs just yet.
Today all I did was run. I didn't do weights or anything else. Just my run, then I went home. I am trying to gradually build up my fitness. I saw my Body Pump instructor running on the treadmill, she was running when I arrived, she maintained the same pace throughout my C25k and she was still running when I left AND would be taking the Body Pump class straight afterwards. This is a woman who is in her 40's (as am I).
It made me wonder about fitness. How long does it take to reach a fitness level where you can easily run for an hour? While I puffed and blowed to drag out 3 minutes of running, I wondered whether that level of fitness something we can all attain? When I started this over 6 weeks ago, I could not even run for one minute, now I can run for three, soon I could be able to run double that.
But what drives fitness - is it your muscles, or your breathing, or is it your mind, or a combination of all three. I have very strong legs, yet right now do not have the puff to run for longer than 3 minutes - that is very frustrating. Sometimes I wonder whether I will ever get fit - that's a mind thing. But it doesn't matter how much I think I want to run if my body just won't do it right now. How can I change that?