As a reminder, W6D3 of the couch to 5k training plan is a 2.25 mile run. I successfully completed W6D2 (1mile run; 3 min walk; 1 mile run) on Friday 8/27. I was scheduled to run next on Tues Aug 31st to attempt day 3, but I let packing for the trip and other last minute errands that day get in my way. Wed was out for running b/c we were traveling all day to Sydney, AU. Thurs disappeared into the vortex of time zone differences, never to be seen again. So I finally ran again a week later in Sydney on 9/3 and only managed to squeeze out 1 mile of running before I had to switch over to walking the rest of the session (did 2.92 miles total).
The rest of the days in Sydney were jam packed with very little sleep and sightseeing and at least 4-6 miles of walking per day (seriously!). Although Jon had the self-discipline to get out and run every morning I did not. I was too busy trying to manage metric to standard conversions, walking on the left instead of right, adjusting to the 14 hour time difference and trying not to get run over when crossing streets (hard to remember to look right instead of left). Excuses excuses excuses. I am full of those this week aren’t I?
Anyway, we got back from AU yesterday and I spent most of the day in a zombie catatonic state of jet lag. The 23+ hours of flight is really rough on the body. So I went out to run today. On an empty stomach. Without having had any water. And after having been up most of the night (so was Jon) b/c we are now trying to adjust back to this time zone. More excuses. Net result was that I could barely run a full mile in one burst. It went something like .75 mile run, 2 min walk, .2 mile run, 1 min walk. I kept at it until I reached the 5k mark, but I was only able to run in intervals. My final time was 43 minutes for the entire 5k.
My next official attempt to tackle W6D3 will actually be in a 5k race on Sat. Our church is sponsoring a 5k here in Manassas,VA and Jon and I are both signed up for it. Although my training session is prescribed for 2.25 miles of running i am obviously going to push myself to run as far into the 5k as possible as my brother in law Jerry suggested. Then I can pass out on the finish line and pick back up with regular training next session on Tuesday.