You guys – I am so close to running a full fledged 5k. SO CLOSE. I ran 35 minutes this morning, plus about 5 minutes before and after for warmup and cooldown. I also made sure this morning to stretch out my legs and at least get some blood flowing in them before I stepped outside. I’m not sure if that was what made the difference, but I think this morning was the best my legs felt as far as muscle soreness. But boy oh boy do they get cramped up quick when I get home. I stretched a lot when I got home and after the shower I strapped some ice to my legs to start that process. I really think the ice is helping, even if this is what I look like on the way into work:
If I could ice all day long, I would. Unfortunately, by the time I get to work I’m usually a melty mess and I have to give up. I made it into the building when I did this yesterday, but only with one bag, as the other had completely condensated all over my pant leg and into my sock. This morning I just put the ice on while I was getting ready to go, and then took it off when I got to work. I think it gave me about 40 minutes of ice time, and it was nice and helpful.
Here’s the breakdown from this morning:
I still haven’t straight up run the 5k, but I did get to 3 miles today. But I also realized that I wasn’t including my cooldown time in those numbers, but I was including my warmup time, so I am probably still at like 2.7 miles just running.
So that was my last run with the Ease into 5k app – so what do I do now? Any ideas? I know that I’m going to keep working on getting down the 5k. I thought about getting the Bridge to 10k app, but they said that you have to rebuy the GPS portion of the app, even if you have already purchased it through the Ease into 5k app. So that’s like $3 that I literally do not have right now. When I contacted the company they said that in the next update you should not have to re-purchase the GPS portion, and that is coming out in 4-6 weeks, so we may revisit this topic.
I have one complaint that I would like to lodge with the Couch to 5k/Ease into 5k program. They make you think that you will be able to run a 5k in half an hour at the end of 8 weeks. Depending on your physical shape, that’s probably not going to happen. I know a lot of you awesome runners out there are running 10 minute miles, but I’m lucky if I break 12. I usually have my best runs when I don’t try to think about how fast I’m going or how long I’ve been going that fast, but it’s hard not to constantly think about it. It’s one of those nagging feelings I get as I trot along. I know that as I continue to run and drop weight I’ll be able to move faster and I look forward to that time. I need to focus on the fact that a few weeks ago I was running at 14:00 minute miles, so 12:54 isn’t looking too bad.
Well, I’m off to do some princess sleeping. What’s that you say? Well, allow me to enlighten you… The other night I stuffed all of our extra pillows under parts of my body so that I could complete the RICE treatment I’ve been giving my legs. If RICE has to be done all at once, I’m screwed, but if it doesn’t I’m golden. I love princess sleeping. So I’m going to go do it.