So, Friday I ended up taking as a rest day. I know I've mentioned it a million times, but I really don't like to get up in the morning. So, I slept in instead. And Drew and I had dinner plans after work, so I skipped working out then, too. Which brings me to this morning!
Drew had left for the gym earlier than me, so I just went and did some running on the treadmill. I thought I would try to do some other stuff, but when I got to the gym, I wasn't all that into it and wanted to go home rather than hang around the gym all day long.
I decided to run a 5K on the treadmill and just see what my base time would be without any real effort on my part. Basically, I wanted it to be an "easy" run. As opposed to whatever my "speedy" time will be for this race in March. I thought it would be good just to have some sort of baseline when starting out to see what I'm working with.
I started out running at 5.6 MPH and just kept bumping it up little by little as time went on. I ended up sprinting to the finish, but that seemed pretty realistic to me. I finished in 30:49 (or 9:56/mile pace). I feel good about that. Especially since I compared this to the last time I ran this 5K course and ran at a 9:48/mile pace. And it's a fairly hilly 5K course!
I really think I've got a good start and I can only go down from here. I'm going to have to start incorporating more speed work into my routine, but I'm okay with that. I also keep having some calf soreness in my left calf, so I'm really wondering if it's time for a new pair of shoes. I'm going to give these that I've got now a couple more tries, but it seems rather suspicious to me.
I ended up cooling down and running one more mile around a 10:20 pace before heading home. And as far as being hardcore? I weighed myself yesterday and there is no change. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a tiny bit disappointed by that, but I'm just going to keep on going. No change is better than going in the wrong direction!
Distance: 4.10 miles