First week of serious training is done. I was a bit nervous about it. Running on the treadmill is harder than running outside. Seeing the numbers and not being able to control your own pace is annoying.
I ran 7 miles Saturday in 75 minutes. Not bad for having only ran 5 miles outside and it was a month and a half ago. I didn't stop once. Here is how it went for me.
I dropped a water bottle on the way to my In Laws (to drop the babe off) at the nexus of my route. I grabbed it at 1 mile took a swig, dropped it again (kept running). Grabbed it after 2 miles, 4 miles and 6 miles, then carried it the last mile back to the house.
After the first mile I started to think, "Oh crud, I'm already tired... how the heck am I going to run 13 miles?!" But, I thought, "I've ran 5 miles without stopping, I can think about walking when I get there." So I kept on. It wasn't until I had just turned to start my fourth mile that I started to feel really good. And I thought I could do it.
During my fifth mile my hips started to hurt, but conditioning wise, my respiratory system was doing great! I had hit my steady state and I knew I just needed to push my body. During my sixth mile my hips stopped hurting, but my feet, left ankle and left knee started to bug (man, I feel old with all these aches and pains). And it wasn't until the last half mile that I started to get out of breath and tired. Then my feet REALLY started to hurt. I'm attributing that to the new shoes that I'm still currently breaking in.
So, what I learned from this run is I need to work harder. That I still have 5 more miles to run in 4 weeks. So, I'm going to try to do 2 outside runs this week instead of one so I can continue to pace myself myself (yes, meant to say that twice).
I haven't registered yet and I wont until this week is over. I am going to see how training goes and how my 8 mile run goes Saturday. Or 9... not sure what I'm doing. But, since I already ran over a 10K yesterday I should just do it.
I'm just nervous! And excited!