September 18, 2013

September 12

Total time: 29 minutes
Total distance: 2.2 miles

I'm signed up for two 5Ks in October.

This thought has been creeping into the back of my mind on all the days where I either (a) don't run or (b) have a crappy run. It seems like such a feat to be able to run that far again, even though it was something I did just a month or so ago. I know I can do it; I just don't know if I can do it again right now. Oy. This is extra worrisome because these are "real" 5Ks - they aren't gimmicky runs like the Color Run (which have their place, of course), but actual runs, with most people running them... and they're even chip timed! I've never done a chip-timed race before. My goal, really, is to just not come in last. Or, I mean, even if I come in last, I'm still in "JUST FINISH" mode.

So with each passing day where I barely eke out a mile, I get a little bit concerned about the fact that I have to run over 3 miles on command. That's... a daunting thought, right now.

I felt much more hopeful after tonight's run, though. Because while I felt myself slow down considerably after my first mile, I made it through a second mile (and change) before calling it quits. I didn't want to push myself too hard but, had today been race day, I could have slogged my way through another mile, I'm pretty sure. I thought about attempting it tonight, but I didn't want to overdo it. This is the first time I've run 2+ miles in over a month, after all.

I feel like I'm starting to get back into my rhythm again. As a bonus, it's finally starting to cool down, too.

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