So I have been humming along thus far just fabulously with my stopwatch and my iPod and tracking my runs on Mapmyrun.com. Nothing I have been doing has really required anything techie geeky and knowing my heartrate to the beat every step of my run hasn't seemed important. Last night changed that.
I have struggled the last couple weeks with hudity related painful flares in my arthritis but I was feeling motivated and pain free last night, ankles felt good... was super psyched for Week 7 Day 2. Mapped out a new route that took most of my uphill during my warmup walk instead of a mile long steady uphill for my starting mile running and figured that might help me find my stride better. I played a lot with stride and cadence, experimenting and getting a feel for what was the best blend of gentle and efficient. Ran all the way through the Ullrey 25 minute podcast and my route still had me a ways from home.. so I kept going... ran right through the cooldown and realized "THAT IS 30 MINUTES!!!" And then I had this hunch I was close to a 5k so decided not to go straight home and extended my run just another couple blocks.
Kept running till I reached the bottom of my street. Figured the walk up would be a good cool down. If only I had known, I would have run up the hill...
Final stats for tonight; 35:22 straight run, 2.94 miles!! It is .18 miles from the bottom of my hill to my house!
On the larger side I am so happy with this run... but in that one small dark corner I realize I was >this< close to my first 5k. ( With my cooldown I was 3.25 in 40 minutes... grrrr)
Thursday it will be mine!
And in continuing happy news.. my younger son graduated to Week 3 last night as well. he's sticking with the program and his older brother is doing all the runs with him and some with me. Still loving that whole fact .