Remember back at the beginning of the month (three weeks ago today, actually) I posted about doing a running class and having run down, then back up, then back down, then back up a hill with a 6% grade (though I checked something else today and it told me 10% grade, but whatever, it is a rockin' hill)? It is .7 miles each way. Well, tonight I did that same run again, but added another down and back! When I totalled up that run three times plus the walk to and from the top of the hill with my running group, I ran 4.5 miles. Holy moley. I think that might be the farthest I've ever ran in one running session!
My shins are hurting, which my instructor said is probably because I am pushing myself too hard too soon (gee, maybe she could have told me that before I started?) but it's not horrendous. I have been taking ibuprofen and icing my shins and it's tolerable. Man, feeling awesome from that kind of running totally outweighs some cranky shins (and remind me I wrote that when I am whining about being sidelined with an injury!).
Last night I did just a wee bit under four miles on a long flat stretch and I *think* I made my best time. I knew exactly how fast I ran because I timed it. Last week at running classes we ran 800s (1/2 mile) several times and though we were timed, and my times added up to a teensy bit faster than last night, each 800 came with a break between it, which obviously made them a bit easier to do.
This weekend I might get to do my first 5K, which would be really exciting!
Anyways, I just feel like tooting my own horn a bit, since this running thing is such an accomplishment for me. Thanks for bearing with me! Since I hope to be on a half marathon training plan you might be seeing more of these kinds of posts around these parts.