Between the struggles I had during Friday’s 5k and the bad depression days I had Saturday and Sunday; I was pretty much dreading Sunday night’s run.
Running 20 minutes without any walk breaks just sounded like torture and was literally the last thing I wanted to do. I was terrified. I was sure I was going to be miserable, I was probably going to throw up.
All I really wanted to do was stuff my face with food and curl up under my blanket with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.
But then Hubby said “you know you’ll feel better after you run”
Damnit. He was right.
So off we went to run for 20 minutes nonstop.
And it wasn’t so bad.
At the 10 minute mark I was ready for a walk break, but I pushed on.
With about 4:30 left my legs, particularly my knees and quads, were not happy with me.
But I pushed on.
When there was 1:30 left I could tell I was going to start gagging, but I sipped on my water and kept going.
I made it to the end of the run! I survived! And I’m pleased with myself for that.
I then rewarded myself with a totally unhealthy dinner made up of the leftovers of the comfort foods Hubby bought me on Saturday to help me feel better after everything fell apart that day. Then I curled up on the couch with my favorite blankie and my pint of Ben and Jerry’s.
I really don’t believe in myself as much as I should, and so every time I succeed at a challenging run its a nice little boost to my confidence.
Tonight’s workout starts the beginning of the end. Tonight and Thursday are the last nights of interval running, after that it is nothing but straight running of increasing distances/times.
But after the 5k on Friday and the 20 minute run on Sunday today’s jog 5 min, walk 3 min, jog 8, walk 3, jog 5 sounds like a walk in the park.
It it hard to believe that, including this week, I only have 3 weeks left of C25K, plus a benchmark test at the end.
Since we don’t run our first official 5k until January we are trying to decide what to do for training when we finish. It’s split between starting the 10k training program and repeating C25K to improve our times. I guess some of that will depend on how our benchmark test goes.
What do you think, should we repeat the 5k training, or get started on 10k? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
Week 5, Day 3 Stats 10/19/2014
Distance: 2.09 miles
Time: 33 minutes 29 seconds
Average Pace: 16 minutes 24 seconds per mile