This week went by SO fast...which is great because I have next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday off...yay! I am beyond excited and hope to get some good rest and relaxation time. Just thought I'd write a little update post on my runs and training sessions! This week's training sessions were so good and got me pretty sore! We usually do chest and triceps one day, then back and biceps, then a leg day all to itself. I've been working out with a personal trainer once a week, then working out of a plan he made for me twice a week. This week, one of his goals for me was to run 3 miles in under 30 minutes. My first reaction to that was that it would be completely impossible. I haven't been running at the rate that I used to run in months due to my stubborn knee issues. I've been interval running (1 min run, 1 min walk, etc) for a month now, and maybe reach 2.3-2.5 miles in 30 minutes by doing so. But, my trainer put that number in my mind, and I was determined to reach it!
My running plan was 3 miles, 3 times this week. I completed my first 3 mile run in 28:34! I really pushed it and was so proud of myself by the end of it. If I have a goal time in my head, and know I have to answer to someone about it, I definitely want to reach that goal.
And from there, my runs got even better! On Thursday, my 3 mile run was reached in 28:02, and then Friday, I ran 3 miles in 27:39! I believe that's the fastest I've been able to do 3 miles in almost a year!!
I feel so happy and excited that I have been able to run again with minimal knee discomfort. I think the key is to make sure I take enough days off (something I hated doing before) and be sure to ice and elevate my knee after runs. I have been scared to push myself lately, but my knee really has been feeling much better, so I'm glad that I had some incentive to push myself on my pace this week! It feels so good to be able to run again and reach mileage goals that I haven't been able to in a while! Maybe I can try 4 miles in under 40 minutes next week...hmmmm :)
Have a great Saturday everyone!