|3.1 miles. time: 40:47, 13:09 pace, 414 calories burned|
I think part of my problem lately has been the route I take. I drove down it today and realized that it's really hilly. It doesn't seem so bad when you're running it, but seeing the "waves" of the road while I was driving really got me to thinking about my training. I know my first 5k (in less than two weeks - EEK!) is pretty flat, but I've been running on hills. I know hills are supposed to be good for endurance, but I've been struggling so much that I decided to try a different route. Now, I live in the middle of nowhere, so I don't have a lot of options for running on flat, concrete surfaces. I have the main highway (which is pretty busy - but nice and flat) or the lesser used, but still traveled "old" highway (which is the hilly road I usually run). Or, I have a bunch of dirt roads to choose from, which offer a lot of resistance, but are really well traveled by harvest semis right now.
Anyway, I decided to try the main highway. It wasn't as busy as I'd expected and people were super nice about moving into the other lane when they were driving by me. I definitely noticed a difference in my endurance. I didn't get tired or exhausted and even though I really wanted to take a walk break, I didn't. I pushed forward and finished the whole run without stopping for a break.
I'd actually meant to take a few pictures of the scenery, but a cop was patrolling by my suburban and I kind of got flustered. I didn't think I was doing anything wrong with parking where I parked, but I still got a little nervous. He didn't stop though and when I ran past him, he just waved. All was good, but it did make me forget what I'd planned on doing after my run. LOL
My first 5k is in less than two weeks. I talked to a friend of mine that just finished her second marathon a few weeks ago and she has offered to run with me to help pace me. My goal is a sub-39 5k. I know that I really don't need to have a goal for this 5k because it's my first and no matter what, my time will be a race PR. But I need a goal to help me through it. I'm seriously getting nervous about it. I'm not sure why, except that it's something I've never done before and I really don't know what to expect. I've never even watched a race, so I have no idea what's going to happen.
Just breathe... ;)