I was a bit nervous when I set out on my 5 km run this afternoon... I had DOMS big-time yesterday so did my active rest in the form of shopping!
I knew the best thing for me today was to get out and run so I thought a speedy 5 km would be a good idea, and off I went. After the first 9 minutes I took a one-minute walk break. I didn't feel that I needed it, but I want to err on the side of caution, so I don't end up injured!
The next 9 minutes just flew by, and I had visions of myself as that runner - the one I often see, just loping along happily and easily... Yeah, that one... just seeing her brings out feelings of envy and admiration. It made me feel really good... endorphins?
I did another one-minute walk break and then took off again. I knew that I was making pretty good time, but tried to ignore thinking about that, to concentrate on my form. The Chi Running techniques are becoming easier to adopt and I really felt today that I was keeping a steady cadence, and using my lean to vary my speed and stride length.
A bit winded after the next nine minutes, I welcomed the one-minute walk break. Legs were feeling great, but breathing a lot heavier at this point. I looked at my watch. Could I possibly round that next corner, and make it up the hill in 6 minutes to match my last time on this route?
Well, I didn't match it.
I beat it! By a whole minute!
I was so excited as 35 minutes is my best-ever 5km time and that was on the seaside, flat route in our marina town. Wahoooo!
W3 R35 @9/1 W4
stretch 6 minutes
And then I drank lots of water and had a cool bath. It felt pretty good actually.
I have been reading a variety of half-marathon training plans today. And I have been looking at comments by some first-timers who swore that walk breaks got them through the 13.1 miles... that they trained that way and are sure that is why they were able to complete their races.
I have mixed feelings about this. I have started doing my LSRs without walk breaks. I think I might do the next one, with walk breaks and see if it is easier to finish.
Any advice? I could sure use some.