Pushing it on my 5k run
I usually run between 5k and 6k once or twice during the week. If I run on the weekend I usually try to run farther.
When I say “run” I mean “trot” or “jog really really slowly”. I usually just want to make the distance and I’m not too concerned about my times.
This afternoon I went for my usual run. Just as I started running I decided, for some reason, to actually run for the first kilometre. I kept a decent pace and half way to the 1 km mark I could feel the lactic acid building up in my midsection. This never happens when I jog.
I made the 1 km mark and I slowed down to my normal jogging pace. Runtastic played it’s 1 k milestone audio cue. “5 minutes, 42 seconds” the robotic voice said. Holy nuggets! Usually my first kilometre is between 7:42 and 8:00. While I was approaching the second kilometre mark I decide to go for it again. “Two kilometres” Runtastic said. I picked up the pace again and ran until kilometre 3.
By the 3km mark I was hurting a bit more. I actually had to go down to a walk while I turned around to head home. 30 seconds later I picked it up to jog.
By this point I was going to cut myself some slack and just let myself jog the rest of the way.
kilometre 4 was coming and I thought “bugger it, let’s jog to 5km!”. This time I was sure I’d conk out 500 metres into it.
The lactic acid built up for a third time and I was ready to slow down to a jog. I kept going, though, and I made it to the 5km mark running. That last kilometre took me 6:13.
I might change my mind in two days when the DOMS for this run sets in but I think I might do this style of running from now on. Of course my 10km runs will actually be jogs but when I do my short distance runs I’m going to push myself harder.
Hopefully today’s session doesn’t affect my squats tomorrow. We shall see.