5-10K: week 1, day 1 {5.10.2013}

Here we go! A new week; a new training regime.

Now that I’ve conquered Couch 2 5K, it’s time to take on the next level. Ten kilometers. Six-point-two miles.

I don’t even know who I am, anymore.

I have loved being active, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about pushing myself further, and working towards increasing my goals. It’s a dizzying feeling, really. Every day, I just go a little farther, a little faster and a little harder. Some days are incredibly hard, but instead of being discouraged, I have started looking at those days as opportunities to do better next time.

My first day of 5-10K was a good day. As usual, there was a warm up and cool down period of five minutes each, and in between those, a “steady” 20 minute run. I pushed it in the beginning, slowing up towards the end. It was brutally hot out, which means that I’m going to have to start running a little earlier in the day. Not my favorite, but it will be better for my performance, in the long run.

Overall, it was a satisfying, solid run.

I am also starting to think about my pace goals for my first 5K on Memorial Day weekend. I feel like 30 minutes is unreasonably short, 45 is unreasonably long, so I am waffling between 35 and 40. I guess I’ll just see how I’m feeling closer to the day and go from there.

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8 Responses to 5-10K: week 1, day 1 {5.10.2013}

  1. I think you’ll be surprised – you run faster on race day without even realizing it. I was shocked at my average pace for my first race!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I hope so. On the one hand, I can see just getting swept along with all the Speedy McSpeedersons, but on the other, I’m terrified that I will choke and freeze. Plus, I have three different devices and all three give me a different picture of what I’m actually accomplishing in pace and distance, so I’m not sure where to start with a realistic goal. Maybe I’ll just aim for an hour and anything under that is good 🙂

  2. Emma @ a mom runs this town says:

    Yay a new blog friend! Good work on your running so far. So happy to hear you and the hubs want to go beyond the couch program! Why not shoot for 34 minutes?! Really give yourself a big goal!!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Yes, there is always that route. I don’t know. I guess, technically, I could. I just worry that I’ll be so focused on the time and not failing that I won’t enjoy the experience? There’s been months of buildup to this moment and I don’t want to psych myself out. Gah! Thinking so many thoughts and feeling so many feelings!

  3. Anne says:

    Yey, Yey, Yey! I think you have discovered what is so wonderful/addicting about running.
    Covering a distance, or hitting a speed you never thought you would. It makes you WANT to run just a bit further, or just a bit faster!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      So true! My brain is always thinking about where I’m going next in this journey. It’s really amazing! There’s always some way to develop or improve.

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