I went to the gym this afternoon to pound out my next assignment in the C25K program. It should have been easy. Run 90 seconds, walk 2 minutes. I've done it before and I knew I could breeze through it today.
But I didn't. From the very first run my legs felt like lead. My right calf burned from the very first step and it wasn't too long before I looked like her ----->
What the F*ck was going on?!? I was getting so frustrated and so upset with myself that I started thinking maybe I'm not a runner. Maybe I'll never be a runner. On my 4th (out of 5) run I almost totally gave up. I was getting ready to say screw it and start my walk early when I started flipping through the "stats" on the treadmill to see how far I'd gone already. But something other than mileage caught my eye. Elevation!!! I had been running the whole time at a #5 elevation. Hello!?! No wonder my calves were killing me and no wonder I felt almost like I was running backwards! I mean, I'm making progress but I don't think I'm ready to tackle hills just yet!! So I dropped the elevation down to 0 and for the last run I swear I felt like I was running downhill! That last run was a cinch. I wish I had thought to check all of the settings before I started running.
Sadly, this isn't the first time this happened to me. I wonder how many times I have to nearly kill myself before I'll actually remember to check this shit?!?