My knees were screaming at me yesterday, but I listened to them. I iced my knees, took Advil & used BioFreeze. Thankfully, I woke up this morning to better knees than yesterday. They don't feel perfect, but better, and I'm happy about that! I knew I needed to run today but was afraid to with how my knees felt yesterday so I stretched for 10 minutes before running and I think it helped quite a bit...I really need to do that more often!
I leave for Vegas early on Thursday morning and this happens to be Week 9 in my 5k training which is the LAST WEEK! I can't believe I'm gonna finish this! I think there was a part of me who thought when I started that I wouldn't finish...I mean, isn't that what my history shows? I always start out strong, really motivated, but after a while the excitement fades and I revert back to the "old Amy". Well, not this time! Today was a 30 minute run...yes, 30 minutes! I cannot believe this! Now, I will say that I ran really slow today. I didn't even know how slow until I went back and mapped out my route and figured out that I only ran 2.1 miles. Even though I am proud of myself for running 30 minutes continuously I think my next focus needs to be on pace. I have two days left of training, and I'm going to finish those the way I've done the entire program...my focus is on endurance. But, starting next week I need to change my focus to pace. The 5k I'm running in will not track your time if you are slower than a 15 minute mile...I am NOT letting this happen.
I plan to run again on Tuesday, and if I can't get in a run in Vegas (which I hope to, but am thinking it's not going to be possible cause I'm going to be in a conference day/night) then I want to run on Sunday. Finishing the C25k training this week puts me a month away from the race. Now that I know I can run for longer periods of time I am more confident that pace will follow. I started reading in hopes that it will help me with form- which in turn will help me run faster & farther!
Just so you know, I started running again in December. I used to run before my 100 lb gain...but, carrying all that extra weight around made it really hard so I stopped. When I got on the treadmill for the first time in December and decided to try running again it was quite a challenge. My first run was 2 minutes...and after 15 seconds I wanted to stop. I was at the gym though and I was saying to myself "Okay fatty! You said you wanted to run!!! You are not stopping until 2 minutes then...but you aren't giving up now!" I thought I could have died...and I really am not exaggerating either:) Well, my self talk has gotten better since then cause I try not to refer to myself as "fatty" anymore, cause that just isn't nice!! When you have positive self talk it gives you a much better outlook on life and whatever journey you are on. When I run now I picture myself crossing the finish line at my race, or I imagine what I'm going to feel like when I get done. It's empowering to envision yourself being successful...Try it sometime, you may surprise yourself with what you could achieve.