I can’t believe I’ve gone more than a week without a run. I almost didn’t run tonight. After work I ran a few errands. I was planning on cooking when I got home, but the weather was so beautiful, I got the itch to run instead. I realized it’s likely to be Sunday before I’ll get to run again (it’s going to be a busy week/end!), so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity tonight.
When I set off for my run I didn’t have any specific goals in mind. After running a half marathon, and then not running at all for a week and two days, I decided to take it as I went and just see how I felt. If I wanted to run 1 mile, that was fine, if I wanted to do more, that would be fine too. At any pace.
My first mile went by quickly. I knew I was running too fast, but I didn’t care because it felt good. When my Garmin beeped at one mile it read 8:51, but I didn’t slow down. I kept it up until about 1.5 miles. At this point I was getting tired. And then I got elbowed in the shoulder. I was running on a narrow section of the running path and people were blocking the entire way. I started to go around a tall guy, and someone coming in the opposite direction wasn’t looking and started to run into my path. As a result, I got too close to the tall guy and got a sharp elbow in my shoulder.
My shoulder hurt and I was tired, so I started to walk. I walked for about 30 seconds before I decided that I should at least be able to make it to 3 miles without walking. So I picked up my pace, and the next thing I knew, my Garmin beeped the second mile – and it was faster than my first!
This is the point at which I decided I would try for a 5k PR. My previous PR was 28:50, so it definitely seemed within my reach. I slowed down a little bit during the third mile, but when I hit 2.5 miles, I realized that I would just have to hold a 10:00 pace to finish in 28:00. So I went for it!
I started to feel a little sick to my stomach at 2.9 miles, but told myself to get over it – I just had to keep moving for two more minutes! And I finished strong at 27:32. A PR by more than a minute! My splits:
- Mile 1: 8:51
- Mile 2: 850
- Mile 3: 9:01
- Mile 3.1: (8:31 pace)
- Total: 27:32 (8:53 average pace)
I thought I would be rusty after going so long without a run, but it was like I had saved up my energy over the past week just for this run. It also helped that I had an awesome playlist on my iPod. I didn’t add any new music, but the random songs that played kept me moving. I ran more to the music than to the pace on my Garmin.
In other news, my betta fish finally has a name: Tofu. And the Namaste cookies were a hit at work 🙂