Now, first thought - can I even run 5 miles? I was planning to target hitting the 5 mile mark by the end of August if possible. Using the 10% rule that seemed okay.
I was planning my first post-race run today. I did 1.5 miles on the treadmill yesterday as part of my fitness test, but that didn't really count too much - I wasn't pushing myself, it wasn't outside and it was only 1.5 miles.
I set out this morning. Beautiful running weather - overcast, 72 degrees, very windy, spitting rain. Nice. I was targeting at least three miles, hoping for four, and then in the back of my mind thinking perhaps my super stretch goal is five miles.
I ran and I ran and I ran. Made it to four miles and was feeling great. So I kept going and going and going. 4.75 miles, my right knee and left calf started to hurt a bit, but I was soooooo close....so I pushed through it.
5.01 miles - just over 47 minutes. Pace - 9'31" per mile. It's funny, I always think I'm running so slow, and then I ultimately end up around that pace.
We'll see how I feel over the next couple of days though.
So yes, I can run 5 miles. However, can I do a 5 mile race? I think I need to watch the weather and find out more about that course...is it hilly? I'm going to try and see if I might be able to find someone to run it with me too. We'll see how that goes. Any volunteers?
If I can do this, I'll be well on my way to a 10K. Eeek!