It’s been a big week. This week was the first week we were challenged to run 5 miles, which we did, on Saturday. It was exciting to start the run, and I felt great about getting into it. Mile 1, 2, and 3 went by pretty uneventfully (as I’ve been running this distance almost 10 weeks now). Mile 4 and 5 were interesting.
I had been keeping up a blistering pace (for me, anyway) – under 8 min/mile, and I felt really good with it. I decided to try and keep it up for the whole 5 miles. Usually, I’d fall off towards the end. I did keep on the gas though, and I started feeling my chest getting tight in the middle of the 4th mile. By the 5th mile, I was hurting, and as I had designed my route to have a hill at the end I knew it was going to hurt even more.
I ended up having an average pace for the 5 mile run of 7:57/mile (39 minutes, 51 seconds), my best pace since I started running. I know it’s not all about pace – but it was a minor goal that I was happy to reach. To the stats!
The run of the 1st of December was my 34st training run, the last run of the 10th week! (Week 10: Nov. 25th-Dec. 1st)
34 runs in, 10 weeks down, 15 weeks to go and I’ll be running the Saturday Rock N’ Roll Marathon in Washington, DC.
Week 10 Statistics!
- 36:01 minutes
- 8:33 /mile
- 4.19 miles
Notable week 9 information:
- As said above, 5 miles run!
- I went walking through the mall afterwards, and my outer groin (right where the hip connects to the inner thigh) was KILLING me. it hurt for each step. I’m going to have to investigate which stretches can help me keep this limber to avoid painful runs in the future (especially when I am running further distances).
- If you add up all of the miles over the 10 weeks that I’ve run since starting training with the Runtastic app, it’s 104.21 miles, or past Baltimore and just about to Elkton, MD
I normally end with a quote. Usually it’s some encouraging words that are relevant to the weeks run, something that is inspiring that might help inspire someone else. While searching for something this week, I came across this, and have to share, because I found it very inspiring (and I freaking love Bruce Lee). It also has to do with running, with reaching 5 miles, and with reaching your upper limits.