I've been so into my interval workouts that I've kinda neglected longer runs. I realized that since I am running a 5k in two weeks I should at least run a few 3-4 milers. Yesterday I ran on the treadmill and I always have trouble running any kind of distance on it because I don't pace myself well. I will think a certain pace feels too easy and I want to push myself more, than I end up running at a speed that I can't hold and tire myself out quickly.
Sooo I made myself run the first mile at 9:00-9:30 pace, which did feel very easy. As soon as mile #2 started I bumped it up to around 8:30 and increasing to 8:00 by the end of the mile . At this point I was getting a little tired not having run much distance lately but I held 8:00 pace sometimes pushing it under and even under 7:30. I was really dying at the end but I kicked the last 1/10th of a mile in at 6:50ish pace, if only to get to 3 miles sooner :) My total time ended up being 25:30 but I that includes the first minute when I was walking to warm-up and gradually increased to a run. All in all not bad but it did feel harder near the end then I would have liked. Negative splits make me happy though :D
At night did a few planks, some push-ups, played around with a light (5lbs lol) kettlebell my bro got me for christmas (I think i'm going to purchase some heavier ones soon).
Today I decided to take a little pressure off myself, since I get so caught up in the #'s on the treadmill. It was absolutely gorgeous out today, perfect fall weather, which always reminds me of H.S./ college XC. So I took to the street and ran outside with no set distance, I just planned to run for 30-ish minutes. I ran 10 mins. to a nearby state park, 10 mins. in the park and 10 mins. back. It was such a peaceful, stress reducing run, it has been raining a lot the past week so today was a very nice change.
When I got back I threw in 10 mins. of jump roping, not consecutive though, i'm working my way up jump roping is hard! Going to do some bodyweight exercises later on.
Getting a decent jump rope shot is hard, especially with no photographer :p
Weigh-in and measurements tomorrow plus progress pictures, I think it's going to be a good weigh-in :D