Running is the perfect hobby because it's healthy, it only takes up 90 minutes out of the whole week, it's time to myself where I don't have to think about anything in particular, and it's completely, totally, and blissfully unrelated to what I do all day.
I didn't get a chance to update Monday because this week is insane. I did run on Monday, though. Looking forward to running is actually what got me through my day, in fact.
The run was challenging. I think ramping up the speed to 5.0 mph was a little bit too intense, but even at that, I made it through the whole thing, except I slowed down the pace near the end because my calves started burning something awful. No, seriously, I suspected I had given myself shin splints again. Except not, because after I stretched my legs felt fine again, like I could run another couple of miles.
When I run this afternoon I plan to run at my usual 4.5 mph during the first half of the workout, and possibly move up to 4.6 or 4.7 during the last half. I feel like speed would be better at the end than at the beginning anyway.
My workout Monday was:
Week 3, Day 2
1.73 miles in 28 minutes, 2.0% incline
5 minute warmup (3.5 mph)
90 seconds running (5.0 mph)
90 seconds walking (3.5 mph)
3 minutes running
3 minutes walking
5 minutes of walking (cool-down) - 3.3 mph
Total Distance: 17.03 miles