Details here. A little slower that the other day, with a little more dealing with not developing a stitch (and a little more being distracted by dogs). Still, 7.1km and it’s only week 3 of the 8k training. By week 10 when I’ll be running 50 minutes non stop I think I’ll be going quite a bit further than 8k.
Not to be outdone by yesterday’s failure I decided to stick to what I know (running round in circles on a flat surface) and try it again. Shins were a little achey and I was thinking about getting a stitch towards the end, but I did it (and not as slowly as I thought). 7.25km in 40 minutes 24seconds (not including the walking there and walking back. Details http://bit.ly/jV8Vad
Adding declines and inclines on one of the hottest days of the year (and not a lot of sleep) was probably a mistake. Powering up the slope towards the end of my third rep of 9 minutes completely drained my legs and caused me to flake out halfway through my fourth rep (I decided my priority was getting home in one piece over finishing the run). I did take is some different sites, however, I just need to figure out a less severe way back up the hill. Details here.
First run with my GPS, so I may have pushed myself a little harder to race against my pace. Weird to wear a watch at all, let alone run in one, but it’s not heavy and hasn’t irritated my skin so far. Details here.
Another interrupted night of sleep (the cat pulled a cable of one of the burglar alarm sensors and set it off – the burglar alarm that we were never given the instructions or code for), so another late run. Blustery conditions and blazing hot sun, but my pace was much more even. I ran around the same distance as last time, but this was much smoother. GPS has been dispatched so hopefully I will have it in time for Friday’s run.
Not a good run today, though I did get 6 and a quarter times round the park in my 4 reps of 8 minutes on, 1 minute off. Interrupted sleep for the third night in a row which meant I was out much later than I wanted to me and it was muggy. Pace was all over the place and it was harder work than it should have been. 12 different dogs bejng walked, 1 other runner.
Third run of the week today and a much faster pace (though I can’t tell as the GPS I ordered first class on Saturday has yet to be sent out, grr). 6 times around the park instead of the usual 5 and a quarter. Went the opposite way round to usual (it was pretty blustery and I prefer to have the wind behind me on the long straight) and overtook one other runner.
I didn’t match my pace of Monday, possibly because I set off extra quick to get some space between me and another jogger, possibly because I had breakfast then went to the post office (parcel wasn’t my gps watch) before heading out for my run.
Followed up the run with a shopping trip in town to get a couple more exercise items so that I don’t run out when I start going to the gym in addition to running, and got a hi vis running jacket that should stand up to some wind and rain.
The couch to 5k program has been completed and it seems to make sense to keep moving forwards, so I started the gateway to 8k program today (g28k). Going back to intervals was a bit strange as the last few weeks of c25k was non-stop running, but I think my pace increased compared to the previous week (4 intervals of 7 minutes with 1 minute recovery periods). I got to test out my new running shoes and soon I should be able to see how far and fast I am really running when my Garmin forerunner arrives (it tracks using GPS rather than the less reliable footpads).