Couch to 5K: Week 8, Day 2

By Skip

Finally got back out on the road this morning.  The ankle was feeling pretty good BUT not 100%.

Here is what I was running this morning…

  • Five-minute warmup
  • Run for 28 minutes
  • Five-minute cooldown

If you compare what I was suppose to do with the screen shot, you will notice that I did not run 28 minutes.  The whole purpose of this is to able to run a 5K, right?  Or should I be running the extra time for endurance?  I am currently stopping when I hit my 5K distance…. maybe I should not be doing that?  A little bit up in the air about that one.  Input from anyone out there would be greatly appreciated!

I was clipping along at a pretty good pace but having a 10 day break DID do it’s toll on me.  I was very winded and really slowed down at the end.  Still a respectable time (for me, anyway) but certainly I have a long ways to go and to get caught up again to where I was before the injury to my ankle.

The discomfort right now almost seems like a muscle pain… maybe that muscle is causing swelling which is causing the ankle pain.  Not really sure.  The good news is that it does not feel as bad as the last time I pushed it a little too much.

Tomorrow is my off day and the hopefully back out on Monday.  I am going to try to get on the stationary bike tomorrow to help re-build my endurance a little bit.  I don’t like being out of breath when I am running…  Also, my heart rate jumped up to the 190’s which is beyond my maximum heart rate for my age.  I used some online calculators and they all told me this number should be 180-181.

If you liked that post, then try these...

RSR 19 - The dangers of overtraining and burnout on March 9th, 2011

RSR 17 – A day off after my time off.. hmmmm... on March 7th, 2011

First bike ride of the year and technology mishaps on February 2nd, 2011

The first day back in the pool on February 1st, 2011

Picking up speed on January 14th, 2011

Filed in: C25K Training, Injury • Saturday, February 27th, 2010

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