Thursday, May 1, 2008
6 Run 1, Week 5 (CT5K): We're On Our Way.....
My friend & I met for our run at 6:30 pm tonight. It was around 63 degrees, but for some reason felt much colder at the outset. I was wearing a light fleece, which I soon peeled off later after the first running interval. (My friend was also wearing a light layer over her T-shirt.)
This particular run was 4 alternating intervals of 5-minute runs & 3-minute walks. (Yes, been there, done that. ;-) Could probably recite the CT5K plan from memory at this point!) I like these even intervals because they're easy to remember. Even if I should miss the podcast cue (which happens often, due to our frequent gabfests! ;-) ), it's easy enough to look at the clock on my iPod & figure out how many more minutes we've got. ;-)
The run went well. My energy level was very high & again, I had to contain myself from wanting to breakout into a "full gallop." Yes, I can't seem to let go of the "wild horses" analogy from two days ago. ;-)
My friend did a great job -- She finished each interval today without stopping, although I could tell it took her more effort than usual today; she was experiencing a slump in her energy & mentioned that an afternoon snack would probably do the trick. So hopefully that'll help for next time. I'm proud of her for pulling through!
I keep telling her that each time she runs, it'll get easier to complete the runs. (I'm not sure she believes quite me yet -- Hahahahaha! -- but she'll hopefully find out soon enough! ;-) )
Maybe I shouldn't use the word "easy," as each run is it's own experience -- sometimes it's easy & sometimes it's more of a struggle. Rather, what I meant is that her stamina & energy level will gradually increase with each run (i.e., each run is a building block!) & will help her through as she approaches her next running challenge. Building blocks and baby steps. OK, don't ask me what's up with my analogies today. First, it was wild horses, & now it's preschoolers. ;-)
Looking forward to this weekend, it's supposed to be nice this weekend (i.e., in the upper 70's!), so it'll be great incentive to go for a run. Erik's family is coming up for a visit this weekend, but hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in a run at some point.....
Speaking of running this weekend, my friend Steve (a.k.a. cymrusteve of Run Bulldog Run) will be running the Frederick Marathon this Sunday. His goal time is 2:53 (2 hrs. & 53 min.) -- a 6:36 per mile pace. So, let's all wish him a great race!