At this point my runs are still terribly draining. I am really looking forward to the day when going out and running 3 to 4 miles energizes me for the rest of the day, rather than knocking me on my backside. No, I am not beating myself up. I know this is normal, especially given the circumstances. But I can still look forward to when it changes.
Once again, I worried today’s intervals would prove too much for me. Especially since my eating has been less than great the last two evenings. I know from past experience, what you put into your body the day before a run can really affect how you feel. THANKFULLY, that did not seem to be the case today.
|Mist hanging over the field next to the trail for this morning's run.|
It was really a great run this morning. Probably the best so far. I had a lot of tightness in my calves during the last 3 required intervals. Really need to work on my stretching. But other than that, it was really good. And of course Fort Ben is beautiful. I love being out there. (even if the hills are killer!)
After the 6 required intervals were over, we continued walking up the trail to get some hill work in. I was also determined to get in at least 3.1 miles. We did about 10 more minutes of walking, then I felt like running again. We did another 4 run intervals with the last one being a 30 second “sprint.” (OK, it was a sprint for me anyway!)
Finished up 3.1 in 52:10. So I KNOW I will be able to finish the AFM 5K in less than an hour. Now, I’ve got 2 weeks to get stronger and a little faster. I think I’ve got a real shot at 45 minutes.
I'll also be a bit faster because I won't be stopping to take pictures.