Wednesday, March 2, 2011

5k Trainig: Day Two

I honestly considered giving up today.  It is really hard to run.  I started out okay, but I knew I was asking more of myself.  Each day I run it will be a little further.   Today, I only added one more interval yet I felt overwhelmed.  I barely finished, completely out of breath and drained.  With each pounding of my foot against the pavement I felt myself slow.  I was certain I hadn't run nearly as fast as I had on Monday.  I was a snail pushing myself slowly up an impossible hill.  I arrived home feeling defeated, I was done and I had only started.  Now before anyone gets to worried, I am NOT giving up.  I simply felt that way.  That, however, was before I looked at my times for the day.  Are you ready for this?  Here are my intervals for my 12 min. run/walk:

IntervalsPace (min/mi)Elevation (ft)
5:00 (warmup)16:301
1:00 (fast)11:271
1:00 (slow)15:48-1
1:00 (fast)12:120
1:00 (slow)16:43-1
1:00 (fast)11:44-1
1:00 (slow)16:420
1:00 (fast)14:11-1
1:00 (slow)20:571
1:00 (fast)11:032
1:00 (slow)16:47-0
1:00 (fast)14:14-0
1:00 (slow)17:142
5:00 (cooldown)19:51-2
I was SHOCKED! Three of my intervals were the best I had ever run. I was no snail. Notice the two intervals above 14? Both of those were when I was convinced I wasn't going to make it, that I wasn't cut out to be a runner.  I love to see that when I really focus and think positively I can run pretty well.  11:03 just makes me grin.  I know it's only one minute, but for that one minute I moved the fastest I had in my life.  If I can just keep my head, all my intervals will be that fast.  I LOVE it!

Other Stats for today:
Avg. Pace
Avg Speed

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