Went out to run at 5am this morning to attempt W6D2 again. It took a little bit to find my groove during the first mile even though I had my standard stretching and warm-up, probably b/c it was early in the morning and I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night.
This time when I started the second mile I was sure I was going to be able to finish. My confidence and the ‘fun’ of the run persisted until a half mile into the second run and then it was getting hard and I wasn’t sure I could make it, although it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why. My heart rate stayed below 175 except for the last couple of minutes [which is fabulous, I’ve made more consistent gains in cardiovascular conditioning then any other part of my progress], so it’s not that I was running out of breath. And my legs were not aching or anything. I just felt tired-like my energy battery was drained. Still, I pushed through and I made it. I felt so good about the accomplishment that after I walked for a few minutes at the end I did a sprint to see how fast I could go. So far my best pace during the sprints I throw every now and then is 9.5mph. Granted I can only do that for a minute, but hey it’s something.
I averaged a 12:85min/mile on my first mile and 12:18min/mile my second mile.
I also reached a new weight loss goal mark this morning, so that is progress.
Here are my stats for the run: Garmin Stats
Having made the goal, I am taking a real rest day tomorrow- no swimming, no running, no strength training, no cross training, just a day of rest for my body as it’s been 5 days since I gave it a break.