Yeah. I am slowly becoming a running addict. Never thought it would happen...
I originally told myself that today was going to be a rest day. I ran Monday and then yesterday I walked a lot with my friend around the neighborhood looking for houses. My knee was twinging a lot last night as I walked the mall shopping so I figured..eh..good day to rest.
It started out with a note from my friend Lara about a groupon-type deal for 50% off registration to the Suncoast 5k in St. Pete in February. I was planning on making the Gasparilla 5k my first race but you cant beat $12 for race registration where all the proceeds go towards the Ronald McDonald house. So I consulted hubby and we signed up.
Then as I sat on my behind playing Lego Harry Potter and doing some cross stitching....my body started to say "Erin....run run run run run" After the last load was done in the dryer, I laced up my shoes and off I went, still wondering why I was going.
Intitially I was only going to go for a mile out and back. But without even realizing it, I turned down my normal 2 mile route and kept going. I did the whole run 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds thing in an attempt to build up endurance rather than speed. I have noticed that I tend to do fairly well at the beginning of my runs but want to wimp out at the end (walk longer, etc.). I tried not to let myself do that and walked every 90 seconds or so even if i wanted to keep going. That seemed to pay off as I felt pretty good at the end of my run and got 1 last 90 second jog in there as I came around the corner to my house.
Stupid GPS hasnt been syncing up on Endomondo but I know my route so well that I know I went about 2-2.1 miles and my watch told me I did that in 31:12. So about a 14:30 pace...I can take that. Short term goal is to stay below 15 and eventually drop to under 14 (the cutoff for the MCM sag wagon).
So on my 'rest' day I sign up for 2 5ks and do a 2 mile run. Yeah...I'm an addict...