So I have about 3 weeks to go until the St. Patrick's Day 5k I signed up to run. And while I'm plugging along on my interval training... up to 4/1 on the treadmill I haven't actually run a whole 5k in a very long time.
So Sunday I decided to load up the ipod and hit the gym for a 5k on the treadmill. I plugged The Clash, Kanye West and P!nk for my ear candy. Filled up a liter bottle of water and hit the gym.
After my 5 minute walking warm up I jumped the speed to my current pace (4mph which is a 15 minute mile-slow for most, fast for me) and started doing a 4 minute interval.
Then I talked to a friend while running and before I knew it I'd been running 6 minutes. My legs were still okay so I kept going. I ended up running 10 minutes before slowing back down for 2 minutes of walking. Then I tried it again.
Another 10 minutes of running and another brief walk ... a total of 3 intervals... I got a little daring with the last 5 minutes. I walked half and ran the last 2.5 minutes a MPH faster than I'd been running all along.
When the 45 minutes was up I was drenched in sweat, smelly and had a face as red as a beet... I didn't make it an entire 5k in my 45 minute goal... but I got 2.75 miles down... and felt like a rockstar.
Of course then I decided to kill myself with a kettle bell class. But that's another blog.