Ah, yes. Running.
The reason we are really here.
I set my alarm for 5:45 on Wednesday morning so that Mr PugRunner and I could both get our runs in. His was a 20 minute affair while mine was a whopping 45 minute session, so I was going to get out first.
I waited until about 6:15 before getting on the road. I wanted a little light for safety’s sake. The weather was decent, humid but with enough of a morning chill in the air to make it tolerable. I calculated a new route in my head, including some loops in my neighborhood and an out and back on the main road, and got going.
My goal on this day was not so much speed, but negative splits. I wanted to pace myself properly instead of starting out fast and trying to sustain it for the full 45 minutes.
I did have one problem during the run. At about the 30 minute mark, nausea hit again. Annoying. I tried to push through but my stomach wasn’t having it so I set the timer on my phone for 1:00 and slowed to a very brisk walk to control my breathing and quell the need to throw up. I had to do this twice in the last fifteen minutes of my run. I was a little disappointed in myself, but it was better than the alternative and it didn’t really slow me down too much, in the grand scheme of things. I guess I felt like I was slacking a bit, but ultimately, I felt better, and was able to finish strong.
I logged 4.92 miles over 55 minutes (45 running, 10 divided between warm up and cool down), which is a new distance record for me.
Week 5 is supposed to be a recovery week, according to the 5-10K program, but I’m going to be trying something new and adventurous on Saturday, so stay tuned!
Now for something about which I’m super-excited! I am being featured as Women’s Running Magazine’s Blogger on the Run this week! I was really flattered to be selected, especially since I am so very new to the running world. I hope you’ll go check out what I have to say about how I got started in the sport and the things that keep me motivated.
If a training session isn’t going as planned or if you are struggling, do you give yourself permission to deviate to get a break?