Thursday, August 30, 2012
So today at the gym, I decided to see if I could run a full mile without stopping to walk. I know, I'm running a 5k on Saturday but I've been doing training with run/walk intervals and plan on doing that on Saturday as well. But today, I just wanted to see how long I could run without sticking to the intervals. Because of the interval training, I have set times to stop running instead of just "when my body feels like it" and I'm curious as to where I actually stand, regarding how far I can run without stopping.
And I did it. 9 minutes, 12 seconds. I probably could've gone faster, and I also could've kept going for longer, but I didn't want to push myself too hard. I still had my regular training to do, and I don't want to wear out my legs before Saturday's race. I'm not going to attempt running full miles on Saturday, it did use up a lot of my energy and made the rest of training harder. But it's nice to know that I am able to do it, and this will mean I'll be able to run a full 5k without walking in October as long as I keep up with training. Speaking of which, I finally found a running plan to bridge the gap between running intervals and running a full 5K:
For the rest of the time today, I did 4:1min run/walk intervals and they went really well, so I'm probably going to do those intervals on Saturday. Today's 5K time on the treadmill: 31:55.
The next ~36 hours will be spent resting my legs so that I'm all ready for Saturday morning! This means lots of relaxation and watching the second half of season 2 of Community. And a quick bike ride to the stadium tomorrow evening to pick up my race stuff and inquire if there's going to be a place for gear drop-off, etc. [Necessary since I don't have a car to put stuff in and nobody's coming to cheer me on, so if there's no gear drop then I need to figure something else out!]. But mostly: relaxation!
Have I mentioned how excited I am yet? I think my friends are excited too because that means I'll stop talking about running all the time [for a couple days at least... and then it's onto training for October's 5K!]. Haha.