My last run was on Thursday. That was four days ago. I promised myself I would run on Saturday morning, but something stopped me. I can no longer remember what it was, but I remember promising myself I would run on Sunday instead. To me this made sense.
Sunday came around and I did not run. I wasn’t feeling 100%. My allergies had taken over. The congestion was annoying. I used that as an excuse. Not a very good one, but an excuse nonetheless. I also then promised myself I would run on Monday.
I HAD to run this morning. I have my first race (a 5K) in nearly 8 months. My last race was the Miami Half Marathon in February. It was about a month after that race that my hip started bothering me. Now 8 months later, my hip is starting to feel good again (shhhh, don’t wanna jinx it).
I am glad I ran this morning. I am thrilled I get one of the two promises I made myself this weekend. I am ecstatic about my results from this morning. I think I am ready for Sunday!
The temperature this morning was about 72 degrees when I left for my ran. The sky was slightly cloud covered. The air was sticky and muggy. My motivation was at 100% as was my determination to conquer my next set of benchmarks.
I am doing 90 second intervals. 90 seconds run, 90 second walk. I have been toying with the idea of increasing those to 2 mins run, 90 second walk, but thinking I should wait until after my Diva’s 5K on sunday to play around with that.
Based on my intervals, every 2-3 runs I have been increasing by 3 minutes. Well, I was supposed to increase by 3 minutes. Last Thursday I jumped from 21 minutes to 25 minus (I wanted to hit 2 miles). Meaning today should have been either another 24 minutes session or a 27 minute session. Well, I jumped again. I went for 30 minutes.
I probably should have listened to the fatigue by body was feeling and stopped at 27 minutes, but I figured, how much damage could another 3 minutes do? I am stoked that I pushed through for those last 3-5 minutes as my numbers were terrific. 30:01 minutes = 2.38 miles! However, that feeling of passing out, not so much fun afterwards.
But I did it. I hit new personal records in training since I resumed running in late June early July! I feel pumped that I can finish the 5k in under 40 minutes to give me a new 5K PR. I feel that if I can remember this happiness that the mental upheaval I’ve been battling will easily be overcome.