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I did that thing of getting straight out of bed and heading to the gym, planning to shower and put on clean clothes after I exercised. Which would be rather more impressive if I'd woken up before midday, but hey.

Anyway, made it to 24½ minutes at 7.2 kph, so 7/8 of the workout before completing the last 3½ minutes at 6.8 kph. I think I was right to slow down when I did, even though it was fairly close to the end, because I needed to take my inhaler by the end of the workout. My usual trick of telling myself to keep going until I only have a small fraction left, at which point I might as well complete the whole thing, isn't working as well now that even "the last 10%" is 3 minutes of running, hard to do when you're already barely keeping going at the end of a workout.

The distance wasn't measurably further than day 2, 3.8 km in 33 minutes including the warmup. But still, 24½ minutes at the faster pace instead of 21 minutes is still progress, and I think I've reached another stage where I'm genuinely close to the limit of what I can physically do. So I'll keep working at this to push that limit. The increment from 28 to 30 minutes next week should be possible, even if I have to slow down for the last part, and I'm hoping to break 4 km!
liv: oil painting of seated nude with her back to the viewer (body)
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It was really inconvenient to get to the gym today, as well as being very cold and miserable outside. I did it because [personal profile] rmc28 has started up running again and I want to keep pace with her. And because if I can keep up this 3 times a week streak, I'll complete the programme by the end of term, and I didn't want to lose that chance.

I ran at 7.2 kph for 21 minutes or three quarters of the workout, then dropped down to 6.8 kph. What made me want / need to slow down was a combination of being very out of breath and not having quite enough determination for another seven minutes of maximal effort. Still, I think today counts as a success because it's still quite a bit further than I've ever managed before. 3.8 km in 33 minutes, or 8'41'' /km, including the warmup. Which also means I actually ran 2 miles continuously for the first time, so yay for that.
liv: oil painting of seated nude with her back to the viewer (body)
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I'm a bit behind on starting Week 8, but I think I should still be able to manage three runs within the week.

Really good luck with the weather today: I happened to be free at lunchtime, and it was sunnier and warmer than it has been for ages. So I did the first run of week 8 outside, though it was colder and the ground was wetter than really ideal. Thinking I'd have to run on paths anyway, I returned to the cemetery; the problem is that I'm now running far enough that there isn't really space in the cemetery and I had to run round it several times to complete the run. To vary things I ran up and down the road and around some side-roads and footpaths outside the cemetery itself. Still, it was nice to have a change.

An annoying teenager laughed at me for being slow; that's actually the first grief I've had as a slow, fat woman running in public. I thanked him for his "encouragement" though I think it was probably meant sarcastically, and that took the wind out of his sails. I'm not particularly upset by it; it's still totally worth running outside when I can!

Stats: I completed the full 28 minutes without needing any breaks. My average pace was over 9½'/km again, but I'm not going to fuss about that. Although I tried to stick to the flatter bits, some of the run was distinctly uphill, and I think actually running and covering the ground is realistically harder than just running on a treadmill. Total 3.4 km in 33 minutes including the warmup.

I felt quite out of breath for much of the run, enough that it was a struggle to make myself keep going, though not painful. That may be partly to do with the cold air, and partly having my chest at a different angle due to running outdoors. Or partly just one of those things.
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