I have run five miles before, but today is the first time I have ran five miles since I have officially been in training for my mini marathon.
At first, I couldn’t decide between mapping out a five mile path around my neighborhood or driving to a local park, but since I had to make a trip to Whole Foods anyway, it made more sense to drive to Seneca and enjoy the scenery!
The track is 1.2 miles long, so I ran it 4 times and then another quarter mile to get over the 5 miles I had planned.
The run was really reassuring. It was a little slower than I would’ve liked but for right now, I need to focus more on distance than time. Just knowing I can run 5 miles is pretty awesome.
- Distance: 5.05 miles
- Time: 52:34
- Pace: 10:25/mile
When I first got to the park, I had to use the bathroom (thank goodness I chose a park and not my neighborhood, which would’ve been really far away from my house) so that gave me a good warm up walking over there.
But when my feet hit the ground, running felt so natural again. It felt almost easy. After the difficult time I had on the treadmill on Thursday, this was just what I needed.
During mile three, I started to have some lower back pain but it was minor and went away pretty quickly.
Other than that, I had no complaints. No knee, calf or other discomfort. No stomach upsets or side stitches. Easy breathing.
It was an awesome run!