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one mile: conquered

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.
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    Congrats! This is one of my goals too. emoticon
    Good luck in your emoticon
    2422 days ago
  • BILL60
    Good luck on Saturday!!
    2424 days ago
  • BETHS60
    Good job on running the mile! emoticon

    It takes courage to take on a challenge like this. Best of luck for the race. I'm rooting for you.
    2424 days ago
  • KELLY122581
    I'll be cheering you on from Belgium too!

    And I agree! Awesome mile time!!! good luck! Rest up those legs :-)
    2424 days ago
    I will be cheering you on from DC! Also great job on that mile run! I don't think I have ever ran (run? me fail english? that's unpossible!) a mile that fast, even when I was swimming varsity in high school! Probably due to asthma, but still!

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    2425 days ago
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