I was feeling rather anxious about the RFG prescribed distance today: 5.5 miles. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough stamina, or willpower, or courage to complete the distance. I was even debating not doing it at all! But I decided to stop letting myself off the hook – I mean I could always walk it if I couldn’t run, right? I already knew that I would need to factor in walk breaks because I’m still behind on the training program but that’s no reason to avoid doing the distance. So with those positive thoughts in my head I planned my route and headed out the door.
Before I get into the workout, I wanted to let you know that I decided to try Jelly Belly Sport Beans today. The directions say to eat a whole package before you start and then to eat some during the run and more after. I wasn’t sure how my body would react so I didn’t follow those instructions. There are about 15 beans in each packet so I took 4 before I started and then 3 after each running interval. They taste similar to a regular jelly bean but a bit more sugary feeling in the mouth; I got fruit punch flavor. You also need to drink water when you take them which is fine by me as I usually take a drink after each running interval anyway.
On to the run: I set my C25K app for custom interval of 1.25 run/.25 walk and I was off. The first interval was pretty easy, the route was flat so I didn’t have any issues and my pace was pretty good. The second interval had some inclines which definitely impacted my overall pace (I don’t know how folks get negative splits – I’m always slower when I finish than when I start). By the third interval my legs were starting to feel tired but I pushed through and completed it. I paused the workout for a few moments to let my legs rest and walked in circles. I was bound and determined to finish the last interval but when I knew I’d reached the 5.5 mark I skipped to the end of the workout – so the last run interval was only a mile not 1.25. I have to say, I think the sport beans helped out quite a bit because I don’t feel exhausted now after the workout, although my legs are tired. I guess I’ll give them another try on my next workout and if I get similar results I’ll be stocking up 🙂
I’m so excited that I was able to complete that distance and I ran most of it – 4.75 miles!! Woot Woot! The RFG 10K is about 4 weeks away so I’m feeling really positive about making the distance and maybe even running most of it…yippee!!