I have to write a post on Stevia, but I forgot to take my pictures this morning, so that might have to wait for tomorrow. But since my very first 5K is on Saturday, I thought I would give you a training/healing update.
Whatever my chiropractor did to my back on Friday, added to the fact that it was already feeling a lot better, made it feel almost back to normal! So I was excited to train this weekend (while still being careful to listen to what my back had to say about the whole thing).
Saturday morning I met bestie at the gym and we did 45 minutes on the elliptical. This was a huge progress point for me since January when I started this process, because back then, the elliptical easily defeated me. 20 minutes and my thighs were screaming and I stopped, and we really had focused on the treadmill. The elliptical told me that I did 3.1 miles in 30 minutes when I started cooling down, and by the end of the 45 minutes it said I had done just over 4 miles. Good stuff!
Then on Sunday we went to the park where our 5k is going to be on Saturday.
We didn’t have a course map, but we thought we could get a feel for the terrain, elevations and temperatures. We did the 5K in 45 minutes. That’s slow, I know, but aside from the fact that I’m a hella slow runner, there were a lot of people on the trails to negotiate and a bit after halfway I started to really wish I could lose my top layer. Too hot Lo is an unhappy even slower Lo, for reals! Still, I’m kind of expecting that to be about my time on Saturday, and I’ve decided to be OK with that. In fact, as long as we cross the line at some point before the timers leave, I’ll be very proud of myself. I’ll worry about getting faster after I cross this hurdle.
This morning I did the weight circuit for the first time since my back injury. I did everything at 50% of what I had been doing it pre-injury. That went great as far as my back is concerned, but it didn’t feel like much of a challenge. I guess that’s a good thing. I’ll mention it to my chiro on Wednesday and see what he says I can try.
Tonight bestie and I are decorating our shirts that we are going to wear during the race. That should be a good time.
And this morning I signed up for our next 5K, May 20th.