Sunday, April 03, 2011
I'm pretty fired up about my 5k training run yesterday. See, I'm preparing to run a "real" 5k end of April. I am a total newbie runner and am thrilled with every bit of progress I make.
Every Saturday I've been running a 5k on the treadmill. Really almost all of my running so far has been on the treadmill. With these training 5ks, I walked when I needed, but have been aiming for less walking, with the eventual goal of running the whole 5k on April 30. My times were improving until I got sick:
43 >> 42:08 >> 40:08 >> sick >> 44:52 >> 41:42 >> YESTERDAY (my first outdoor attempt at a "training 5k")
I mapped out 3.1 miles in my neighborhood and took off. Again, I told myself I could walk if I had to, but try not to. Coming up on 1 mile, I was seriously thinking I needed to rest, but then I remembered how hard it is to start again after you've given your legs a rest.
My other difficulty is I always get a runny nose when I run. Usually I stop running and walk long enough to blow my nose. But I thought this is dumb -- surely I can run and blow at the same time. Turns out I can. So I kept on running.
Midway through I wasn't sure how much longer I could run, but mentally I just felt like I needed to push myself. So I kept on running. When I was within the last half mile, I knew I just had to push through it, and I did! Running into a strong wind, I was so proud of myself for running the whole thing!
37:38! My best time yet!
I have 4 more weeks to prep for the actual 5k. I would love to bring that time down a bit more!