Couch to 5k: Week Seven

Posted on May 05, 2016

Posted in: Couch to 5K

Hello Friends and welcome to week seven of my couch to 5K journey.  You can read more about me here.  It is hard to believe that there are only 3 weeks left in the program.  Race day is just around the corner.  I am more anxious about the program ending than I am about running the race.  I want to keep running as part of my fitness regimen and I am worried that I won’t have the motivation to do it on my own.  The bi-weekly group runs provide the accountability I need.  Luckily I discovered a new group run that I can join after this program ends.  It’s called the Mizuno Fun Run/Walk Group.  It meets at Mr. Brews Taphouse on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m.  You can run or walk 3, 4, 5, or 6 miles  Our group joined them this week for our 3 mile run and it was probably the best night of the program.  The route around the Fox River is scenic, the energy is infectious and afterwards you get to have a beer.  Also, the change in scenery made the run go by quickly.  There were a few hills, some of them steep, but what goes up must come down.  The last leg of the run was downhill by the Banta Bowl.  After a few hills it was nice to put my legs on cruise control and coast into the finish.   I completed 3 miles in 31:30 which put my pace at 10:30 per mile.  After stretching and hydrating, I had a beer with a friend and called it a night.  On Thursday we repeated 3 miles at our usual location.  I’ll admit that it is nice to have a little enticement, like a cold beer, at the end of your run.  I definitely ran a little slower without the proverbial carrot at the end of the stick.  Overall it was a great week.  My pace is right around 10:30 for 3 miles and I am happy with that.  Again, I am not invested in obtaining a certain time for the race.  I simply wanted to challenge myself and add a new fitness skill to my repertoire.  I think I have done that.  Next week we up the mileage to 3.25.  Until then, keep running.

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