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C25K April 5

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Wow... I had a lot of these...

Afternoon run..
With my day off I decided that I didn't have to run first thing in the morning and that I could run somewhere I haven't run before. I decided on Palmer Park. The plan was to take Allie to breakfast, take her to day camp then go for a run.
This morning dawned with a stuffy nose and sore throat. I took Allie to breakfast, then to day camp and then stopped by the grocery store, went home, unloaded the groceries and then took a nap.
I did some running around in the afternoon and realized that if I was going to get a run in, I needed to do it "now." Got my stuff together and then headed out to Palmer Park.
It was a little brisk to start, but the sun was shining and the walk part was only 5 minutes. I could brave it out. The trail wasn't too busy. People on it, but it wasn't packed. The schedule was 9 min. run, 2 min, walk, 5 min run, 2 min walk, 2 min run. Put the phone in my pocket and off I went.
The 9 minute run was hard. I had a couple of stitches in my side, but the breathing helped that. There were a couple of times that I almost stopped. I still am not sure if not looking at the timer helped or hurt me, but just about when I thought I couldn't go on any more and took some deep exhales and inhales to steel myself for more, I got the "Walk" command. So I did. The walk seemed extraordinarily short and the 5 minute run felt extraordinarily long. Again, I was about to stop, did some deep exhales, was ready to go again and I got, "Walk." The final 2 minute run was very short. I actually kept going for a bit when I got the "cool down" command.
i still have a stuffy nose. My throat is still sore. Not sure what that means. I'm hoping it's a passing fluke, but I'm thinking I might be getting a cold. Going to do my best not to de-rail my training. Although, I don't have any set schedule, so it's not like I can get behind. I'm just running for the sake of running at this point. Because it's... fun?
My next run is supposed to be two 9 min runs and a 3 min walk between. A couple of weeks ago I would have thought I wouldn't make it, but I think the 2 minute walk between the 5 and 2 minute runs actually hurt me today. It was really hard to start up that final 2 minutes and yet at the end of the 5 I was ready to keep going.
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