So, I looked at the calendar this morning and realized it’s been 16 days since my last run…wow, that’s sad. It’s not like I had an injury or illness – unless you can count laziness as an illness 😉 yeah, NOT!
Knowing I have a 10k coming up this weekend I figured I better get my butt out the door for at least a short run to make sure my body still remembered how! Of course I didn’t go this morning when the temps were more agreeable…no…I wait until high noon when it’s 74 degrees! sheesh!
I had very low expectations but I turned on my app with the same intervals of 3 min run/1.5 min walk and just went with it. I had only planned to do 2 miles so I wouldn’t over do it and I took an out & back route in my neighborhood. During the warm up walk it felt really good just to be moving and stretching my muscles. After that came the first run segment, I didn’t force anything I just picked up the pace and ran at a comfortable speed. Interval 1 was a success! The next few intervals felt just as good; now, that could be because the out portion of the route was a slow, steady decline…you see where I’m going with this?
Once I hit the 1 mile mark I turned around and began the slow, steady incline back home…and boy could I feel it. Not just in my legs and lungs but the heat was getting to me too. I slowed my running pace to compensate and I finished up the 2 miles I planned but I was pretty overheated and my face was beet red – no pictures of that!!
Overall I’m pleased with my pace and distance, for now. I need to do another 2-3 miles on Thursday if I hope to complete the 10k on Saturday…either way my plan for Saturday is “just finish”!
Here’s a snap shot of the elevation for the run today…not a significant decline/incline but enough to make the return a little challenging 😉