Week 7 is simple. The usual warm up walk followed by a 2.5 mile run (or 25 minutes).
I decided to finish out the 2.5 miles when I went over 25 minutes. I finished in 27:30. Not too shabby IMO.
- That’s an 11 minute per mile pace instead of 10.
- That’s 15 seconds per lap off pace.
- I felt comfortable at the slower pace. And at that pace, I would have finished a 5k in just over 34 minutes. 4 minutes over the 30 minute goal.
I made sure to be mindful of my pace to start as I mentioned in my last post. Everything else was right. I was rested, hydrated, and digested. I finished the first lap exactly on pace. I started to slow down after about the 3rd lap.
My upper back is tensing though. That’s my only issue. I could be my form. It’s hard to maintain proper form when carrying some extra weight.
I’m not discouraged at all. 8 weeks ago I was out of breath from walking 1.5 miles. Now I’m jogging 2.5 miles.
I ran in 4 5k races. I only ran completely through one of them. And I never ran any further. That means the 2.5 mile mark is the 2nd longest I ever ran in my entire life. As far as a distance run, the 2nd fastest for that kind of distance.
I’m down about 12 pounds overall (although I don’t know for sure because my scale is unreliable). My progress stalled a little with my setbacks. But I’m back on track and have a strong mind-frame. I’m in a groove. My goal is to lose 35-40 pounds. I’m certain the running will get easier the lighter I get. The extra weight is slowing me down.
My biggest challenge is going to be maintaining this level of activity through winter.
Once the distance and pace is down to finishing a 5k in 30 minutes or less and I start to close in on my weight loss goal, I’m not going to run any further. I plan to switch gears and try on some higher intensity interval training, plyometrics, and other movements. I would like to gain back some athletic ability.