That’s how far I went this morning. That means that I did 10K all at once for the third time in my life.
This was the only time I didn’t hate it.
I felt really, really good until about the four mile mark. I started to get tired then, and it was a real mental push to keep going forward. But weirdly, it was not my breathing or my heartrate that was my issue this time, as it normally is when I run. It was the rest of my body.
My feet really started to hurt. I started to feel little twinges here and there in my hips and back. My legs started to feel heavier and tighter. I suppose all of that is normal, and it used to happen before when I started increasing distance. The more used to a distance I got, the later on I felt it. I was feeling it at 50 minutes before. Now it’s more around 70 minutes.
Here’s how the run broke down:
I walked for 5 minutes for a warmup. about .3 miles.
I ran for 76 minutes for a distance of 5.7 miles. I was actually disappointed to see that my pacing was 13:21/mile. This is significantly slower than my last distance run. It also explains why I felt so good during this run; I wasn’t going too fast. Still, it’s the distance that matters to me at this point; the speed will come later.
I walked for a minute, then ran for 2, walked another and then ran another 1. This cooldown was a total of 4 minutes and .27 miles.
So altogether, including the walking, it was an 85 minute workout for a total of 6.27 miles.
My plan is to keep slowly increasing my distance by increments and do two of these longer runs a week with maybe a short 3-4 mile run on a third day. My next run will be 6.0 full miles of running with a warmup and cool down. Then 6.25. Then 6.5. I might repeat a few of these longer distances until this 10K distance feels good before trying to add more distance.
I guess from there, if things continue as they are, the next step would be half marathon training. We’ll see. I’ve never, ever thought that I wanted to do something beyond a 10K. But now I’m kind of excited to think about how far I could make my body go.