Sunday, August 26, 2012
First things first: I lost 1 pound this week. Pretty good, but not what I was hoping for. I was down 2 mid-week, which would've made 40 pounds lost total, but there were reasons out of my control that the scale went back up. Honestly! I'm not making excuses. I stayed entirely on plan but sometimes, the body doesn't respond immediately. I'll take that 1 pound and see the other pound come back off soon. [Also, I took a sneak peak at my measurements and I've already lost half an inch pretty much everywhere so that's awesome and makes up for the scale.]
Second: I went to the gym today to again attempt week 6 of 5K training. As I'd written previously, last week was a struggle and I couldn't complete the training as written down so I just did my best [mostly repeated week 5] and decided to try it again this week. Well, I can tell that giving myself an extra week was definitely the right decision. I was AWESOME at the gym today, and the 3:1min intervals were no problem at all. I finished 5K in 32:39, which is a record for the summer, so I'm looking really good for the actual 5K on Saturday. As I've been saying, I'm not looking to PR at this race [30:30 is my PR from way back in 2007... my one and only official race!] but coming close would be nice. I think it was a week ago that I was hoping to just finish under 40 minutes? So obviously, things have changed.
My plan for the week is to run outside Tuesday, back in the gym on Thursday, and then the race on Saturday. Depending on how I'm feeling all week and especially Saturday at the race, I might try 4:1min intervals during the race. Maybe even longer. Who knows. If I have other people to pace myself against, and the adrenaline of the actual race, I might surprise myself.
After the race, I plan on finishing the 5K training for real [two weeks left] and then my mom wants me to run another 5K on October 7th, so I'll focus on speed for that after I can run the whole distance without stopping. I'm hoping to PR at that race. If not, there's a Halloween 5K [costumes!] after that. [As a side note, I'm so happy that my mom supports my interest in running! Especially since it's her credit card that pays for them, and she has to drive me to the ones that are further away.] Then hill training throughout the fall. I've never done running in the winter, so I'm not sure how to approach that, but I know that I don't want to stop running for the 4-6 months that winter lasts around here. If I do, I'll have to start all over again in the spring.
Yay long term planning!