July 22, 2011
I was really looking forward to a run with no walking breaks but was unsure if I could make it through the 20 minutes in a respectable manner. I knew I could run the 20 minutes without stopping, just didn't want the last half to be a shuffle instead of a jog. Temp was around 89 so I made sure I didn't forget my water today. I froze a bottle and glad I did because it was completely melted and on it's way to being lukewarm by the time I finished. I did an extra minute of warm up walk to make sure I was loose and promptly went out too fast. I tried not looking at the time and tried guessing when I had been running for 10 minutes. Around the time I did look at my watch I hit a small wall, my feet just wanted to quit going forward. But it wasn't a big wall so I pushed through it and the time was a little over 9 minutes. I ran on to around 11 minutes and swung around for the return trip. Kinda got a small second wind but resisted the temptation to try picking up the pace because I was afraid I would run out of gas, and I sure wanted to finish without stopping. Around the 15 minutes mark I kinda hit another wall so made a concious effort to push harder every few steps because I could feel the shuffle coming on.
Today was the first day I've experienced any muscle issues. When I stopped running my quads said hello. It was just a brief cramping went away after a few seconds. I guess I actually did put in a little effort today. The plan calls for running a set distance or set time. I have been running for time instead of distance. I am thinking about changing to the distance periods for day 1 and 2 of week 6 and see how that works out. Now for two days of rest with some bike rides for cross training.
Distance: 1.42 miles
Pace: 14.09 min/mile