This week marks week 7 of my running program. Although, it really is week 6 because I admit I did skip a week that was really bad weather at the end of March.
Yesterday I went for a 3.5 miler and it was actually the worst, most painful run I have had since I started. I didn't drink any water yesterday, not one single drop before I ran and that is always the biggest downfall for me. I need to hydrate my body extremely well during the days when I go on my runs or I seriously pay for it. Today I have already had 66 oz of water to prep for tonight!
My race is in 5 weeks and I really want to be able to do the 5 miles in under 50 minutes. I usually average about 10.5 minute miles, which isn't slow but is definitely not at the level that everyone else will be at! I am really working on controlling my breathing and movements during my runs. For the first half of the program I had been running with one of the dogs, but have recently had to give that up because of the strain they put on my shoulders trying to run faster than their slow mom the whole time. Ross is really good at running with both of them together, so he is taking care of that now.
I don't know how people train for Marathons and Half Marathons! A 5 mile racing seems to be plenty for me!