Picture taken about 45 minutes after I'd finished my run on Saturday...my face had stopped matching the color of my shirt by that point. And of course, I'm heading into Blue Baker - would you expect anything else?Holy moly, my run on Saturday was a challenge. I'm doing the same route and distance every Saturday for four weeks (this was week 3 of 4) so I can compare apples to apples and hopefully see some improvement. My goal is to run the three miles with minimal walk breaks; for the previous two weeks, I managed to only take one after mile 1, and another after mile 2 - both for one minute in duration. But on Saturday, I pushed it on the pace and ended up taking walk breaks at mile 1 and mile 2, and then another one at mile 2.5 - not ideal, but I was struggling out there! Here's my handy-dandy chart, updated:
I'm not sure what I expected out of this experimental month of running. I'm more than halfway through it, and it's been harder than I anticipated in some ways, but not as hard in others. The hard part has been pushing my pace, hands down. I can handle it for a couple of miles, but tack on that third mile and boy howdy, is it ever a struggle! But I've been pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was able to ramp up to running a mile without stopping, so there's that.
Something has taken me by surprise in bothering me a bit, and that has been seeing how few miles I'm running each week. In case you're wondering, it's seven. Total. And while I was looking forward to not doing long runs, it feels really weird so see such low mileage. I think I might either add in another day of running, or bump up my weekday runs an additional mile. Or both, who knows?