The Greensboro Gobbler, that is. I'm running my first 5k since January 1 on Thursday. My goal was, ahem, is to run faster than 23:00. That means 22:??, but after today's little 3-miler I'm not so sure that's going to happen.
I am still without a Garmin, but Runner's World sent me this very fashionable watch for renewing my subscription. According to the watch, I ran three miles in just under 24 minutes, which is great except that I was totally exhausted at the end. I would like to blame this fatigue on anything and everything unrelated to my lack of running, but I might as well be honest. I haven't been running. I don't think I ran once last week; I'd pack my running stuff but something would come up. One day I got completely set for my run after school only to find out that I'd forgotten running shoes. They're kind of important, you know. I still did the elliptical, and I've even been working on upper body strength because I've always wanted to do a few pull-ups, but those things aren't running.
So this afternoon I ran three miles on the Greenway and it pretty near killed me. My legs were sore, my breathing wasn't right, and I stopped a few times to catch my breath. I never do that, but today I did. I think my legs were sore from standing so much this weekend, but the breathing and stopping come directly from not running since last Saturday. whoops.
I will run tomorrow and Tuesday. Tomorrow I plan do go easy, and Tuesday I want to run at the track. I will try not to do anything stupid to make my legs even deader than they feel today. I will stretch every morning and evening. And whatever time I get Thursday will be okay, as long as it's under 24:00. I killed my marathon goal by ten minutes, so maybe I'll surprise myself Thursday morning and run a 22-something. I'd say I'm crossing my fingers, but I know it won't help.