Close enough for me! Today I wanted to see what my actual running pace was, so I did my warm-up on the treadmill, but reset everything before I started my run and then did my cool-down by walking up and down the stairs a few times and then moving around the house. I also upped my mph by another tenth of a mile so I was running at 4.5mph the entire 25 minutes – that resulted in a 12:11 pace!
I think I have found my max speed for the time being. I can maintain this speed through the 25 minutes and as things progress I can see it being possible to maintain through the runs as minutes build over the next week and a half or so. It also seems to be a reasonable pace to start working on longer distances once I finish the C25K program and hit the roads.
I think the best game-plan after the C25K is over is to start working on distances…first a full 5k (3.1 miles) and then go from there. My plan is to look at a somewhat modified 1/2 marathon training program to get a feel for what distances I should work toward each week between the end of November and the race.
I finally feel good about pushing myself. I am much less worried about getting hurt than I was six weeks ago. My leg muscles are definitely stronger and I feel much less “wobbly” when I run. I think it is good I took it easy to start and only ran on the “scheduled” days, but now it is definitely time to start adding some more work-outs on my off-days…strength and upper body work-outs in particular. I also want to work on some leg exercises to help strengthen around my ankles and knees, but I think I am going to add those to my running days so my legs still get some rest days as well.
I can’t believe we are already into the second week of November – this race will be here before I know it. It is freaking me out a bit, but mostly I look forward to it and am excited to meet my online training buddies!