Tonight's run was special–it's the last interval in the Couch to 5K program. Every run from this point on is a continuous run. Thursday's run is 25 minutes non-stop. Week 7 is three 25 minute runs. Week 8 is three 28 minute runs. Week 9 is three 30 minute runs and then I graduate the program.
Knowing tonight was my last chance to get a walking break I decided again to push as hard as I reasonably could. The first half of my run (which is mostly downhill) was easy. Everything just clicked, and even at my fastest pace ever it felt like a laid back jog.
I bet my distance by such a margin I ran our of sidewalk and ran on the unpaved shoulder of Bucklake Road. It looks like I need to plan out a new route moving forward.
The second half was tough from the get go. As I started the long, steady climb back home my pace fell dramatically. My legs burned and ached. I was happy that I didn't feel winded or out of breath. I did have to concentrate on my form, but not on my legs. As the burn gets worse, I have a tendency to throw my head back and that affects my breathing. Every few paces I had to tell myself "chin down!"
I'm sure my pace will drop quite a bit now. I really rely on those rests to complete my time. As it stands, this was one of my favorite runs.