Today I had another 3 miler on the schedule. I warmed up with 10 minutes of Pilates before heading out. I had decided to give it a little gusto, hoping to get a good time, since it was a short run. I pushed myself, or so I thought, going at about 80-90% for pretty much the whole run. When I finished, I was dripping with sweat and was breathing a little harder than I usually am when I finish a run. I even ran until I reached 3.1 miles, just to make it an official 5K distance. Well, apparently I'm just a slow runner. 33 minutes. When I downloaded my run stats from my Garmin, I averaged a 10:30 min/mile pace. That's faster than my long distance running pace, but still pretty slow for a 5K. My confidence has taken a hit. I feel less than average right now. I think that I'm afraid to push too hard for fear of getting an injury, since my left leg is already on the precipice of breakdown. I just have to keep reminding myself that my ultimate goal here and now is to finish a marathon, and not be too concerned with speed. Once I've established myself as a runner (basically, consistent running for more than year), then maybe I can start doing some speed work.
After my run I did workout 3 from 30 Day Shred, and I also did an additional 15 minutes of Yoga after that. Long run tomorrow...another 13 miler.