Week of 8/12/13 – 8/18/13

week of 8/12/13 to 8/18/13

After a rest day on Monday and a doctor’s visit on Tuesday morning, my first run of the week was Tuesday evening. Since last week I decided that I might repeat weeks 6-8 of Couch to 5k, I repeated week 6, day 1: run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 8 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 5 minutes. I did it and rocked it, with my final 5 minute run averaging an 11 min/mile.

I didn’t plan to run on Wednesday but the weather was so nice that I couldn’t help but run a mile. And I ran the whole mile! That makes it my first completely run mile since I started training again, and I did it in 11 minutes. Yay!

The next morning I got up bright and early to run in the sub-60 degree temps (!!). I decided to abandon my Couch to 5k plan and switched over to Runkeeper’s Beginning 5k plan. That morning it had me do a speed workout: 10 intervals of one minute fast running followed by 90 seconds of walking. Except I thought that there were only eight intervals, so I kind of went all out on what I thought was the last one, running at around an 8:30 min/mile pace. I made it through the last two after that closer to a 10 min/mile pace.

My plan said that Saturday I was supposed to do a 2 mile run, but I’m trying to get in the habit of doing long runs on weekends, so I went a little further. My main goal was to try to run 1.25 miles without walking, but I fell a little short of that, getting to 1.1 before I had to walk. I’d blame the weather (it was supposed to be 67, overcast, and possibly raining…instead it was 75 and sunny), but my legs just felt like jelly. It was hard to get any momentum after that, so I did some run-walk intervals to a 5k distance before stopping.

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