In my heart rate discussion yesterday I didn't discuss my run...At least I don't think I did!
Last night I ran a little longer and a little faster than I have all week. I think that's probably been my best despite being tired and running later in the evening; a couple hours after having eaten dinner (that always slows me down). Hopefully that means that tomorrow morning I'll be even better!! I really tried to focus on staying slow and watching my heart rate. I do well running when I keep it in the high 160s to low 170s. When it gets over 170 I can start to feel my breathing is a little more labored and I get a little more tired. Anything over 172 and I can't sustain it for long. I feel like I walked a lot less; ran a lot farther last night. I will definitely be wearing my HRM tomorrow so that I can keep an eye on my heart rate. I'd like to run as much of this 5K as possible, so it will be important to glance at the HRM and keep a steady pace.
I think that the hardest thing for me will be keeping to a steady pace while others around me are running fast. I often notice that when running near others I pick up my pace a little and almost try to match theirs. This can happen for short periods, but unlike my more experienced counterparts, I cannot sustain it. Tomorrow I'll focus on staying in my zone. I'll try to act like I'm the only one running...Like when I go running on my own. If it takes me 36-38 minutes to finish, I'm going to have to be okay with that. I know I'll have a couple spots of walking, especially after one of the hills that I'll run up. I've ran up it a few times this week and will walk up it again this evening...Maybe I'll run it just to get that extra little bit of practice...Of course, I should be able to fly up it since I'll be walking before I reach it! Tomorrow will be a different situation.
My legs were pretty sore after my run, as they have been all week. They're not as bad today....Not sore at all actually. I suppose that's a good thing. My thighs and the outsides of my glutes were sore most of the week. I'm glad that they're not! A walk tonight shouldn't really cause them to be too sore, so I should be in good shape for tomorrow morning.
I'm a bit nervous and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's more of a feeling of excitement than actual nervousness. I've done this race before and I've been doing my best (and improving every day!). I went from doing weeks 1 and 2 of C25K; squished into about a week and a half to running outside for as long as possible. I'd say that's pretty good since I haven't done much running in quite a while. I'm trying to focus on the fun, social aspect of this and getting exercise. I'm trying not to be competitive, so I'm not sure why I'm nervous. This should be like any other run for exercise, right? I'm not fast so placing isn't causing any nervousness. I think I'm just excited and ready for the weekend in general...I'm happy that I'm doing as well as I am, which is much better than I anticipated before surgery. I didn't think I'd be able to participate in this 5K at all...Then I thought I could, but I'd have to walk it...NOW I'm at a point where I am going to run as much of it as I can. That's a pretty big difference from not planning to run at all!
I was pretty pleased with my run on Thursday night. I did a bit over a 5K in less time than it took me to run a little shorter distance on Wednesday. I think I'll be okay tomorrow!!!