Sports Editor John DeLapp is training for his first 5K race, The Daily News Press Run, on Sept. 14, 2013.
The time that I was dreading has arrived.
Going into this whole running foray, I knew that consistency was going to be the most important thing for me. I could deal with sore legs, exploding lungs and voluminous sweating, but the only way I could achieve the goal of running a 5K was to be dedicated to the training.
Last week, everything fell apart.
Work got busy and so did the domestic scene. As a result, I have not laced up my running shoes in more than a week. When I get back at it, things are not going to be pretty.
My plan, though is pretty simple. Instead of trying to get back all of my lost training in one day, I am going to roll the workout clock back a week and go from there. Had I stayed on track, I would have been doing a 3.8-mile workout this week. It looks like I will have to settle for 2.8 miles.
It's a setback, but it's one I can live with. There is plenty of time before The Press Run on September 14. I can make it. But, I can't have many more weeks like this one. I need to do a better job of setting aside time for training.
Wish me luck.
Since the sounds of my sneakers slapping the pavement have been muffled, here are the appropriate musical accompaniments.
And, of course, Marcel Marceau