I decided at some point last night that I was going to move along to the day 3 run of week 5. I just didn't want to deal with intervals. So I headed out this morning and gave myself a good warm up walk and some good stretching. At first, I felt tight and winded, but I warmed into it and it felt pretty good. I made it most of the way, but at about 17 minutes, I felt my legs getting rubbery and I need to stop for fear that I might fall.
I could be disappointed with that, but I'm not. I'll do the same run on Tuesday and I am sure that I'll finish then. After that I'll move along to week 6 (where I was when I went on vacation) and get the rest of the interval runs behind me. I do need to stay focused and work hard the next two weeks as I am entering a 2 mile race on the 11th. Not a huge one, but the first race I have run in since high school. Having never done this as an adult and never having witnessed a race before, I have no idea how my pace will stack up against the rest of the field. I have no illusions of winning and even suspect that I could finish dead last, but to me, that hardly matters. Having the motivation of a race is what is helping me right now. Knowing that as long as I run the two miles without stopping to walk, I'll feel a huge sense of personal accomplishment. And hey, if I do finish D.F.L, then at least I have no where to go but up!
I have my first 5K planned for Saturday, September 11, so I have just over a month to be ready for that. My husband, who is not training, is planning to run with me in this race. I am both excited and nervous about this...you see, he has always been more athletic and in better shape than me and so I look forward to running with him and being able to keep up. However, I am nervous that he might still beat me and that would just drive me crazy!!! So there's some more motivation: small and petty, yes, but also effective, I hope.
Onward I shall run then. I feel like I am getting back to it, but I still feel I am missing some of the fire I had before I went on vacation. I'm still looking for it and if anyone knows where I could find it, I'd love to hear from you! Until then, I'll try and remember that I CAN DO IT!