The temperature today was much more conducive to running – sunny, low 60’s with a slight breeze – dare I say “perfect”! I decided to get out a little earlier than usual and I switched up my route to give me a little different scenery. The run today was 5 miles so I programmed my app for 1 mile intervals with planned walk breaks of .1 mile.
After the 5 minute warm up walk, I started the run. The program calls for today to be a long, slow run so I wasn’t worried about my time so much, I just wanted to try to run each interval as much as possible. Miles 1 & 2 worked out very well, I felt strong and only slowed for one walk break aside from the planned walks. Mile 3 however is a different story – since this was a new route I wasn’t completely familiar with the elevation and just after I started mile 3 there was a very large hill. My run quickly turned to a shuffle and then to a walk (note to self: when running this route again go the opposite direction!) Mile 4 was a little stronger but I had to take a few more walk breaks. At the end of mile 4 I had actually covered 4.4 with the planned walk breaks so mile 5 really only consisted of .6 of the mile.
I’m pretty darn pleased with the first two miles and with my overall pace. If I can carry this to next weekend I may just reach my goal of finishing the 10K in 1:20 or less!!