Monday, March 7, 2011

5k Training: Day Four

I feel GOOD!  I didn't feel my usual defeat on my run today!  For me, this is a huge deal.  I added two more running intervals and to say I was nervous would be an understatement.  Up to now, every day I've trained has been tainted by a intense feeling of failure.  This almost always resulted in my stopping my run for just a bit until I could pick it up again.  As I looked back, I reasoned with myself that I was perhaps focusing too much on my speed.  I always ended up drained before the run was finished and always needed a break. This time, I decided I would pace myself better.  Instead of giving my all right from the beginning, I would run at the pace I usually ended with. The first two intervals went pretty normal.  The next two I still had some energy.  Two more of the same.  By the last two running intervals I realized I had done it.  I had not stopped during my running intervals once and I never felt the debilitating sense of failure that has plagued my every run.  Was I tired? Sure, but I finished.  Now for the hard part...When I arrived home and looked at my stats, they weren't nearly as fast as they had been.   I have to wonder, for me, is the speed more important or finishing?  I'm not sure yet.  I will say this though, from everything I've read about distance running it is not so much speed as endurance.  As much as I would love to increase my speed each time, my goal right now is to finish.
Stat's for today:

Avg. Pace
Avg Speed

IntervalsPace (min/mi)Elevation (ft)
5:00 (warmup)15:572
1:00 (fast)13:551
1:00 (slow)14:56-1
1:00 (fast)12:570
1:00 (slow)15:55-1
1:00 (fast)12:250
1:00 (slow)16:09-1
1:00 (fast)14:11-1
1:00 (slow)15:100
1:00 (fast)13:282
1:00 (slow)14:49-0
1:00 (fast)14:401
1:00 (slow)16:100
1:00 (fast)15:030
1:00 (slow)17:310
1:00 (fast)13:59-0
5:00 (cooldown)18:16-2

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