seven down, five to go
I feel pretty good about my progress so far. This post will be relatively short; I’m trying to stick with the plan as much as possible but dealing with a few personal matters is making it a bit tough but I’ve been consistently running 4-5 times a week so I feel good about that… so I guess you can say it’s been smooth sailing. This week will bring additional challenges as I’ll be traveling for work but I packed my running shoes so I have no excuse.
test your limits
Week 7 is designed as the “test your limits” week. I ran a total of 22.8 miles and my average pace was 9:50. My longest run this week was 7.68 miles. I intentionally deviated from the plan this week; I skipped Wednesday’s run because my knees were hurting from Tuesday’s 7 mile run. I also decided to run a 10K with Kenne on Saturday so it cut my long run short. We ran a local race, the starting line was a little bit over a mile away from my house so we decided to run there which added to my total mileage for the day. We could have run back but we walked instead because well, I was exhausted! This run provided a new accomplishment for me. I ran the entire thing non-stop so although I didn’t run the 10 miles it did “test my limits” in a different way. It was very challenging but I did it and I was so proud. I finished at 59:14 giving me a 9:32 pace, ranking 19 in the 20-29 female age group. Kenne wasn’t too far behind me and according to her it was a good run for her as well. The course had a few rolling hills but I was able to keep a decent pace. The best part was being able to run with Kenne and although she has a pile of bibs from different races this is the first one we do together.