This morning I ran my first 5k distance run ever! Since I started this little adventure I initially had focused on running 30 minutes first. Then I started to work on my mileage and got myself up to 2.66 miles last week. I had decided, as I am running a 5k in a couple of weeks I needed to run one or two before then. So, one of my goals for this week was to run a 5k for my long run of the week. Well, I did it in just under an hour at 55 minutes on a path that was hilly in some places and flat in others. Yes it is slow, but I still was able to run the distance.
Since I set this goal for my long run, I have been focused on it. Going to bed I would be thinking of the path I would take and what it would take to complete the distance. I can not quite explain it, but I have been fixated on this distance all week. So this morning I got up at 5AM and ate my normal breakfast and mozied out the door. The first 2 miles were not that bad. I knew I could get a faster mile pace but I wanted to have extra in the tank so my first mile was completed in 16:37 minute/mile followed by 17:23 and 17:39 pace for the other two miles. Not my fastest miles but I just wanted to get through it and finish. My heart rate stayed steady around 140-150 range. When I got to 2.5 miles is when I really started to feel my legs, they suddenly got heavy and thick, but my lungs felt good and I was able to push past this point and finis the mileage.
Obviously I have some endurance work to do, but a great achievement just to finally get my long run to this point. Now I just want to get it into the sub 45 minute range. Til next time.