Monday I decided to try a new route I had never run around work. It was a 3.2 mile route that took me around the mall. I started with 5 minutes of walking and set off to jog the entire thing. I didn’t quite manage to jog the rest of the way that day. It was 92 degrees out with 73% humidity and once I got on the pavement I just got too hot. I ran about 2 miles before I had to walk. I ended up finishing in around 40 minutes.
Wednesday was my normal 3 mile route from home. Since I sucked it up so bad in the heat on Monday, I was determined to jog the entire run following my 5-minute warm up walk. The sun was setting, but ut was still damn hot: 90 degrees with 60% humidity. I managed to complete the entire route jogging and finished 3.1 miles in 35:45.
Today I wanted to extend what I did on Wednesday just to prove to myself that a) it wasn’t a fluke and b) I could actually jog 3.1 miles non-stop after my warm-up walk. I woke up early to get out before things heated up and it was a comfortable 76 degrees with 63% humidity. Starting with my 5-minute walk again, I finished the route jogging for a total of 3.8 miles. It took me 44:34 to finish up this morning.
I’m feeling very satisfied with my progress this week. I was able to overcome the mental barrier of jogging the entire 5K. My body is feeling good now that I’m down about 20 lbs compared to when I tried to get into running a few years ago. I can’t even begin to tell you how much easier it is to run at this lower weight. Hopefully that will keep me injury free.