Wow! It is 9:30 and I am just having my first cup of coffee this morning. My routine is the very first thing I do in the morning is have my coffee. Usually it is about 3 or 4 hours earlier. Apparently I must have been more tired than I realized.
I feel refreshed and the weather is cooler today and on my agenda is mowing my yard. That will be my workout for today. I have a big yard and it should take a bit over 4 hours to get it down. I am asked if I would prefer a rider, but I say no because I am still able to walk behind a mower.
I cannot say how wonderful it feels to have gotten those couple extra hours of sleep this morning.
It felt a bit cooler this morning so I went for a run along a road that was next to a river. The shade from the trees kept the sun off of me and I felt good running the first two miles. I think I was enjoying it a bit too much and started too fast because the third mile I ended up walking way more than I wanted to.
I am actually enjoying running this year because I actually feel like I am running not just jogging. Although my times do not seem to any faster. I just finally feel like a runner! It has been about 4 years since I started to run. It is such a stress reliever and mood lifter that I often find myself saying, "I NEED to go for a run."
There is still some hot days left, now if I can get out the door earlier maybe I can enjoy that third mile also.
This morning I ran a mile with my granddaughter, but she did not want to do a speed workout, so we just did an easy run. But I wanted to do a bit more, so after she went home I did Week 2 Day1 workout of the Faster 5k program by Running Mate Media with Todd Lang: Speed workout with 30 second sprints followed by 2 minute jogs.
Did I say followed by 2 minute jogs? NOT! I couldn't do that; I had to walk 30-40 seconds to get my heart rate back down after the sprints. It was an awesome workout! I surprised myself and actually made it the full 30 seconds an each of the sprints. Total workout was about 2 1/2 miles
Afterwards, I did a hill workout; I ran up the hill and walked down 5 times (3/4 mile total). Then I walked 1/4 mile to cool down.
Goal: 5k on August 10. I told my granddaughter if she doesn't work on speed, I am going to leave her in the dust She is so competitive, That I am sure I'll be eating her dust even if she does not train.
I love creating these memories for and with my grandchildren.
It is warm and humid; but cloudy so at least the sun wasn't beating down an us. I beat last year's time by about 3:30. Around mile 4 I visualized the clock reading at 69 minutes and used that for my goal time time to beat. It worked!
I was not sure how I would do with this distance because with the running class, running with my granddaughter, and the Runner's World Challenge run a mile a day I was not getting in the long runs I wanted because I did not want an injury. So, I feel good about my time. Although I know I could have done a bit better because I took a bit longer walk breaks than I really needed, but staying injury free was more important (I felt a little tightness in the hamstring). Next years goal: 65 minutes.
When I first started "running" about 4 years ago, there was a big ta-do about the difference between running and jogging. Somewhere, I read a that when jogging you always had at least one foot on the ground and when running both feet are in the air. Check out the photos from my last race: