So the run. I ran with Jeff and CC (Julia was off on a fishing trip with her husband) - the plan was to run for 4 miles, and to run as much as I could without taking a break. We set off and I was doing OK, but I'd somehow changed the display screen on my Garmin, so it wasn't showing my total mileage. Not a big deal, especially since Jeff and CC were keeping track of the miles, but as we kept running, and at a pretty strong pace (for me), I started to struggle mentally and panic, and finally had to stop. They tried so hard to keep me going because they could see how close we were to hitting a 5K (3.1 miles) without me stopping, but I couldn't breathe (anxiety), and had to take a couple minutes to get myself together. As it turned out, we stopped at 2.75 miles, so that's a new record for me. Now, if I could just GET IT TOGETHER and stop feeling so freaking panicked when I run without stopping, that would be just peachy. We finished out the 5K, and then walked for about a quarter mile, and then we started running again. As CC pointed out, physically, I am perfectly capable of running several miles without stopping, because I was doing fine with that additional mile. It's just that blasted mental thing. Frustrating, to say the least.
By the way, I wanted to make our route on Saturday a 4 miler, so I figured out a simple change ahead of time on Map My Run. It looked easy enough on the map...but we got lost. Well, not really lost, but turned around - and if it hadn't been for CC stopping to look at a posted map on the park trail we took, we probably would have added another half mile to our wanderings! Here's the route that we took:
We were never meant to be on Boonville. And it's too bad we didn't take that first green path to the park...we took the one off of Boonville thinking it was a shortcut, but meandered around until we finally got to the back of the park where our group was.
We ran a mile doing this funky loop, plus our 3.1, plus the mile warm up walk, plus a good third of a mile walking that I didn't track on my Garmin. Needless to say, my legs were a little tired after all of this!
One of the things CC suggested I try doing was to run at a specific pace for one mile, then take a five minute rest break, then do it again. On Monday, Jeff and I tried this - I set my Garmin to beep at me if I ran slower than a 12:50/mile pace. It beeped about 4 or 5 times during the first mile, which I expected - I'm very slow to get started. I hit one mile and paused my Garmin so we could do our rest break - I'm not sure how long we took, but we walked about two-tenths of a mile. Then we started on mile two, and my Garmin only beeped at me twice, near the end of that run. Now, I couldn't talk while I was running, and my breathing was all over the place during that first mile. But color me shocked when I got home and uploaded my Garmin so I could see my stats: Mile one was came in at 12:08, and mile two was at 11:46! WHAT THE HELL??? Seriously, I do not understand my running at all.