5-minute runs are better than none

I’ve been a real slacker this week. I haven’t post anything actual related to running since Sunday, and I’ve only run twice since then.

The time change always kills me. It doesn’t help that I’ve been insanely busy at work.

Tuesday was absolutely lovely, and it was the only day I exercised. I got home from work with plenty of daylight still left (the ‘pro’ side of losing an hour of sleep) and went for a run.

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It was a really nice run except for the fact that I took a different route and had no idea the sidewalk ended, so I was running on a curvy, wet road for a while. Not exactly ideal for a beginner, but I lived to tell the tale. I covered a total of 2.85 mi with an average pace of 13:30/mi. My app has me running for 5 minutes at a time and I actually didn’t want to kill myself for those 5 minutes.

But this morning, the run was exactly the same interval-wise, and I DID want to kill myself during those 5-minute runs. I’m sure not running (or any other exercise for that matter) since Tuesday played a part as did the insane wind blowing against me for most of the run, but my shins hurt a lot and by the end, my knees and ankles did, too. So I was slower, and actually even paused the app to walk a little longer in the middle. But I did it, and never quit. I only covered 2.77 mi and my average pace was 13:48/mi. Not exactly something to be proud of, but at least I got moving.

How coincidental that the day I reached the halfway point of my 5K training is also the day I surpassed the halfway mark toward my fundraising goal?! Thanks everyone!

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To answer your question, 5K Runner app – yes, I am glad I decided to change my life.

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