I FINALLY completed C25K week 8 Friday morning! (It was planned for Thursday morning but I rescheduled.) The last few weeks of the training plan have taken me forever because I have not been dedicated to the 3 times a week like I was in the beginning. I’m trying to get myself back there! I just noticed on my calendar that my 8K is less than 2 months away. GULP. I NEED to be running 3 times a week to build up my endurance!
I felt pretty awesome after my run. I was proud of myself not only for running but also for stepping away from the computer when it was time to run. That’s really hard for me to do. I took a vacation day from work to get things done around the house, so that kept me motivated. I didn’t want to waste the vacation day getting nothing accomplished. 😉
I ran on the treadmill for this workout. Again, I tried to get engrossed in the videos I was watching so I didn’t think about how long I had left. 🙂 I ran at a speed of 5.0 (12 min/mile) for the first 20 minutes, then slowed down to a speed of 4.5 (13:20 min/mile) for 5 minutes, and then went back to a speed of 5.0 for my final 3 minutes. My walking was at a speed of 3.0 like usual.
My legs felt great, and my breathing felt pretty good too. The only reason I slowed down was because my heart rate was higher than I thought it should be. I was afraid that if I didn’t slow down a bit, I might not be able to finish the full 28 minutes. I’m trying to remind myself to focus on distance rather than speed. I guess I could have kept going and just slowed down at the end, but I was trying to imagine a race. I always like to finish strong and run hard over the finish line!
It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend here in Ohio. Get out there an enjoy it! Don’t be a couch potato. You’ll never regret being active. 🙂
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