This was my 4th 5K run of the year. Well, I ran 3.0 miles on 6-24-12…so it’s kind of splitting hairs…but…
This 5K run was remarkable – although not for the time it took. It was the first 5K I’ve ran this year that actually felt “comfortable” the entire time. I didn’t push the pace at any part of the run. That paid off and I was able to listen to music with headphones and not spend the majority of the run trying to NOT THINK about the run – due to being in cardio crisis.
I didn’t care if I had to run as slow as 12-minute miles to make this distance feel “comfortable.” I achieved it with this run and that’s a great sign of things to come. I enjoyed not pushing the pace. Not breathing terribly hard at the end was also a nice change from the way my runs usually end – due to pushing the pace for the final 1/8 to 1/4 mile.
Nose-breathed the entire run to try to self-limit the pace and it worked like a charm. I wasn’t in much cardio distress for 90% of the run. There was a little time at the end where I was breathing harder (still through my nose) than most of the run…but that’s to be expected since the return route home has a slight uphill finish.
Did have the mile-by-mile breakdown but lost it.
Total time was 35 minutes and 57 seconds.
Average mile pace was 11 minutes and 36 seconds.
I walked .36 miles home as a cooldown and that was sufficient that my knees didn’t feel creaky and my breathing went back to normal.
Bodyweight was 209.8lbs after the run. First time under 210lbs in a while. Knew this wouldn’t last since today in the afternoon we had planned (and did) to eat at India Palace. Which is a buffet. And I paid for it in the weight department. It’s only temporary of course and in a few days I should be back around 210lbs.
Took the dogs out for a short walk after this to get in a little more walking so that my knees would stay lubed and ready for action.