Sorry about my MIA status … honestly don’t know where the time goes sometimes. I’d like to say that I’ll be coming in more often now, but we all know that’s a viscious rumor. I’ll get here when I get here, and you’ll like it. Ha.
Anyhow, my MIA-ness here hasn’t translated into an MIA-ness in the realm of running. Au contraire, my dear readers. I’ve been running my little toes off and loving it. Here’s a quick synopsis of my recent runs (I say quick now, but I feel like I’ve got a lot to say, so you may want to take a coffee break somewhere in the middle):
11/8 – C25k W5R1: This was a bit of a pitiful run, if I recall. Not much else to say except that I then proceeded to take almost a week off due general business. Oh! I know – I took a jewelry-making class the Thursday that I was supposed to run, and then I didn’t run again until Sunday. So, yeah … almost a week off.
11/13 – C25K W5R1. Again.: Yep, I’m not stupid. You don’t take a week off on a new week of training and then expect to just progress normally, so I re-started my routine, and I did pretty well considering I was running on all-too-rested legs. Week 5 is sort of a transition week in that the first 4 weeks of C25K are three runs of the same routine. Week 5 begins a couple of change-it-up weeks where each run in that week is a little different than the next one. In this case, run one was 5 minutes of running followed by 3 minutes of walking, rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat. Honestly, not bad since I did a couple of 5 minute runs the previous week. Actually, the whole run was 1 minute less than I had been running the week before, so it was almost a break.
11/15 – C25K W5R2: I was seriously nervous about this one. Like I said, week 5 is a bit of a mishmesh of runs, and this one was two sets of 8 minute runs followed by 5 minute walks. I don’t believe that I’ve run 8 minutes solid since I started running in 2007 and realized that 8 minutes was a damn long time to be moving that quickly (which, if I’m honest with myself, wasn’t nearly as quickly as I’m moving now, so there’s some good progress in there too). Add to that the fact that as I walked outside to run, it began to rain … well, drizzle. Possibly it was just a mist. But there was wet outside and I didn’t feel like running in it. I’ve said it in here probably a dozen times that I’ll run in the rain, except that every time I do, there’s always an “unless” following it. Until that run over Halloween weekend, I don’t know that I’ve ever consciously decided to run WHILE it was raining. Normally, my “I will run in the rain” mindset has come from the few times that I was a mile or two from home when the downpour started. This time, I thought to myself, “Its like 60 degress out still, and I have no excuse to go in the house when I just ran in whatever-the-hell-that-weather-was over Halloween. Ass outside. Now.” And my ass obeyed, as did my legs and mind. I managed to get a good workout in and was really proud of myself. And honestly, by the time I got home, I was no more wet than I would have been sweating, so go me!
11/17 – C25K W5R3: This one was last night and I was damn nervous about it. It was an unbroken 20 minute run surrounded on either side with a 5 minute warm up / cool down. You’ll note that I JUST said that I hadn’t run for 8 solid minutes since like 2007. I have NEVER run 20 solid minutes that I can think of. Ever. Even in the last few times I’ve attempted the C25K, I’m pretty sure that that 20 minute run has always ended up broken into maybe a 10 minute run followed by a walk, followed by a shorter run. I was determined to eek out those 20 minutes in a decent pace. Add to that the fact that it was SO SO SO cold, and I didn’t have high hopes for the run at all. But, I tossed on my cooler-weather gear, added a skull cap, and off I went into the wind and cold. And I did pretty well, actually. Despite having a death grip on the sleeves of my shirt for the first mile (I was trying to use my shirt to cover my hands because I seem to have misplaced my running gloves), I was able to clock a decent time. It looks like I went roughly 2.31 miles in the half-hour run/walk, which amounted to around a 12:58/mile pace, with the 10 minutes of walking included. Not awful. I’m hoping to see that number improve as I incorporate more unbroken runs.
All in all, its not been a bad couple weeks of exercise. I’m doing well with the C25K, and I’m really still enjoying the FiveFingers, though I will say that I’ll be grabbing a few pairs of toe socks this weekend – my ankles were COLD last night!!