Eighteen days out from the Riverfest Rock n' Stroll 5K and I think I'm on schedule with my training to make a solid go of completing it in its entirety. Today I took an extra hour at lunch and completed Week Seven, Day One of my couch-to-5K training, which consisted of a 5-minute warm-up walk, a 20-minute run, a 3-minute walk, another 5-minute run, and then a 5-minute cool-down walk. This covered 2.6 miles in 38 minutes. And while I was certainly tired and some of my muscles started to tighten up toward the end (mainly my lower back and quads today), my pulse and breathing were still pretty strong. I think I could have muscled out another 10 minutes of running, which would have put me in the run-close-to-5K range. But, since this is a regimented training schedule, I didn't want to get ahead of myself and risk injury or a pulled muscle.
My next run will be a 26-minutes-straight run, with 5-minute warm-up/cool-down walks on either end. I ran in the neighborhood today, but I think I'll go down to the Arkansas River running path to knock that out Thursday morning.
Oh, and if you are interested in what was on my playlist, here are the songs that I queued up today, in order:
Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More by Mudhoney
You Know You're Right by Nirvana
The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden
Ocean Size by Jane's Addiction
Locomotive by Guns N' Roses
Too Young to Fall In Love by Motley Crue
Color Me Impressed by The Replacements
Turn on the News by Husker Du (cool-down started during this song)
I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones
Yep, all metal, hardcore, punk, and early 90's alternative rock. What, you expected Chris Isaak's Wicked Game or something? ;)