Memorial Day, it’s beach day and the sun came out to play. I knew from the time I stepped foot out my front door that it would be one of those runs today. I can’t blame it all on the weather. Having a couple of margaritas last night was definitely not such a good idea. Needless to say today’s run or lack there of (it was a walk-run mostly walk) is one I’d rather not spend too much time on. I’m starting to feel like cloudy days are made for better runs than sunny days.
Anyway let’s go back to last week when the magic happened. This one is worth going over. I like to call it “The Week of The Firsts”. It was my most satisfying run week to date.
After a few weeks struggling with either pain or sluggishness, the outcome of my runs this past week was gratifying for a change. I saw what being determined and pushing past your pain threshold can lead to. I’m sure at some point in your running you have experienced what I have, or probably will if you are a beginner runner.
- Monday: Run 30 minutes. The goal was to run nonstop. I left home determined to make it. I’ve ran 20 minutes, 22 minutes, 27 minutes, I knew if I pushed myself a little bit more, I’d break the 30 minutes run mark. Boom! It happened. 30 minutes run, no walk breaks, 2.45 miles, average pace 12:18 min/mile. Oh the joy, I felt.
- Tuesday: second run of the week. I told myself I could repeat what I did the day before. I did! Felt some pain in my right hip . I ran a little bit slower, nevertheless, I ran the whole 30 minutes. Distance: 2.4 miles, average pace 12:35 min/mile.
- Wednesday: Rest day, my body needed it.
- Thursday: was a free run day. I decided to attempt a 5k run without the walk breaks. Once again, I did it! Time: 39:40, average pace 12:36 min/mile. Man, I was overcome with joy.
- Friday: another rest day. I did 1 hour 15 minutes of hot yoga in the morning and no other physical activity for the rest of the day. I needed to get ready for Saturday which was a planned 4 miles run.
- Saturday: the big day. I wasn’t too sure what to expect. It was cloudy, it had rained a couple of hours prior, and I knew it was just a matter of time before it rained again. You can read about my rainy miles here. I decided I would still run my 4 miles. Just like you probably guessed, I ran the whole way through. Not one single stop until the prompter signaled I had reached my goal. 4 miles run, 52:00 minutes, average pace 12:57 min/mile.
This was the best week of my run life. Running nonstop is something I had only dreamed of, now I’m able to make it a reality. This was definitely a huge accomplishment for me. I know it can only get better from this point on.
Well, this was my week, week of the firsts: first 30 minutes run, first 5k run, first 4 miles run without walk breaks. What about you, have you experienced any firsts this past week? Don’t forget to share below 🙂
In the meantime
♥Stay Healthy and Keep Running!♥