I did it! I ran with a sub-16 min/mile average pace!
This means I am one week away from meeting my first set of goals: Being able to run 5k with a sub 16 min/mi pace.
That pace includes my warmup and cool down. Because I have the C25K, SHealth, Nexercise, & Nike+ apps all running and less than easy access to my phone during the workout it’s easier just to turn it all on when I start, instead of turning on Nexercise & C25K when I start my warmup, then try to get my phone out and Nike+ & SHealth started when I’m supposed to be running. Once I drop SHealth at the end of C25K next week I might be able to start measuring more accurately, but the advantage of including my 5 minute warmup & 5 minute cool down is that it gives me a little extra buffer in my time, even though it skews my data.
Anyways, I was actually really surprised that my time was as good as it was, because I was not feeling like I was running that fast, and I didn’t feel anywhere near as good as I did during Tuesday’s run. I was having a bit of trouble with my breathing. My rhythm was fine and I was able to adjust as needed, but I felt short of breath most of the run; like each breath didn’t have enough air in it, even though my breathing was otherwise normal.
I didn’t get light headed or anything so it wasn’t too bad, but it made it so I didn’t feel like the run was awesome like Tuesday’s.
As long as I keep consistently running at a sub 16 pace, my goal for the first 8 weeks of 10k training (which is just a repeat of C25K) will be to get my pace in the 10-12 min/mile range, then after the Key West 5k in January I’ll work on the endurance to go longer distances.
My depression does a really good job of convincing me that I’m worthless and a failure at life. So it is really empowering to set a goal and actually achieve it. It is encouraging to know I can achieve these small successes and move on to another and continue to improve myself.
Week 7, Day 2 Stats 11/07/2014
Distance: 2.92 miles
Time: 44 minutes 29 seconds
Average Pace: 15 minutes 44 seconds per mile