Less than two weeks of training remain. As it turns out the 5k fun run I’m participating in takes place on a cross-country course. I downloaded a map of the course and printed out a copy. Thursday afternoon I decided to hit the trail. Unfortunately I neglected to bring the map with me and wandered off course as I tried to visualize the route from memory. On the positive side, it is a good gravel trail. However, much of the race is run in the woods on crisscrossing trails. Despite my inability to navigate the course, I was able to jog continuously for 20 minutes, which near as I can tell is about 2k. Part of that time amounted to retracing my steps so I could live to tell about it!
Saturday morning I returned to the 400 meter track for another training session. I jogged four laps (4:15 pace) and took a quick water break. It was getting hot quickly. Immediately, I resumed jogging for another five laps (sub 4:00 pace) and took another water break, this time walking a full lap. Since I still felt good, I decided to jog another two laps (3:30 pace).
It became apparent that if I hold my pace to about four minutes a lap I can run for an extended period of time. Jogging at this pace has done wonders for my confidence. I’m trying to put out of my mind the 5:45 laps (per mile) I ran in college. Oh well.
My weight loss over the past two weeks plateaued so I decided to shake up my diet by switching to eating chicken and a salad for supper for several days. Sure enough I began losing weight again. After my Saturday workout I touched 199.8 pounds on the scales. It didn’t matter that I was partially dehydrated and would gain back some of it later. It’s a milestone accomplishment and a great feeling to be able to say I’ve lost 25 pounds!