I'm beginning to see why people say runs make you feel better....and why you always regret the runs you didn't take...
No regrets tonight!
I had a DAY today...long day with the kids and an even longer faculty meeting (FCAT season is upon us...ugh). I came home knowing that I had to do c25k week 4 day 1 at some point but in no way did I want to do it when I got home (it was hot, I was tired, cranky, etc).
Around 7 (after I had already put on my PJs and was comfortably browsing the newly released 1940 census for my family members), DH kindly and subtly reminded me of my plan. Even though I didn't want to, I found myself getting my stuff on. DH even remarked on how "thrilled" (tired) I looked. I remember telling him that I might go out for my plan or I might just get a mile in (I was honestly thinking I was going to do the latter).
But I went out and set my c25k app up without realizing it and set off. As I kept going, I realized I felt better than I thought. I made it through the first three minute run feeling okay (although it was weird to run by my old "stop" markers I had mentally made along the route) and geared myself up for the five minute run. When I started running, I was intentionally going slower than I think I have ever run (I probably walk faster) but about 3/4 of the way through it, I realized I would make it. My legs hurt and I was barely moving (at least I felt like it) but I celebrated big time when the 5 minutes were up.
Just for the record: I have only run five minutes straight through ONCE before in my life....
....in the eighth grade (16 years ago).
I was fist pumping big time as I did my recovery walk.
And then I had to turn around and go a mile back...
I made it through the second three minute run (was a breeze after the 5 minute one) feeling great. The best part: I ALMOST made it through the second 5 minute run too....
I say almost because I (sheepishly) took a 15 second or less walk break (it was hot, it was humid, and my legs were aching) but that few seconds refueled me and I made it the rest of the way with no problem. I got home and felt very accomplished...but not like I wanted to go farther...
Although after a quick soak in the pool, I wanted to go back out but I know better than try to push my muscles too far too fast.
No negative splits this time BUT a pretty decent overall time:
mile 1: 13:48
mile 2: 14:12
.23: 3:50 (REALLY slow cool down)