Sunday was my second 5k of 2018. And it was awesome!
I shaved 2 minutes and 30 seconds off my time (thanks to my friend who kept trying to pace me. It worked though so I can’t be mad), and I felt good before, during, and after the race. No shin splints, no wanting to stop and walk.
I’ll admit that there was one point toward the end when I thought that I might throw up (because I was in serious need of water that may or may not have been 100% to blame on the fact that I smoked and drank the night before), but I didn’t! And I enjoyed three or four free drinks at the after party!
I was a little surprised at how easy the run was. I hadn’t trained too much… a few runs in the two weeks leading up to the race, but I didn’t run every day and a few of the runs were 2 miles or less. That said, two or three of the runs were over 3.5 miles. Something in my brain told me that if I could run longer distances, then a measly 5k was nothing!
But I’ve been thinking that the biggest difference between March and this past weekend is how much I weigh.
Since March (since starting Noom), I’ve lost about 20 lbs. I won’t claim any causation, but the program has definitely not hindered my progress. I’ve wanted this and continue to be motivated even if I might skip a day or two of logging my meals.
Anyways, my point about being 20 lbs lighter is that running is much easier than it was before.
Me being me, I had to look into why.
An article I read in Runner’s World explains it in a very scientific way, but notes two studies that seemed to have different results. The main thing I got out of it is that:
“supporting your bodyweight takes as much as three-quarters of the energy you spend running”.
Of course it makes sense that this race would be easier than the one in March. I’d spent less energy supporting my bodyweight because I had less to support!
Another article I read on Livestrong.com goes into a bit less detail on the science side and concludes that:
“Ten pounds equals 20 seconds per mile, which grows to a minute-plus in a 5K, more than two minutes in a 10K, nearly 4.5 minutes in a half-marathon and almost nine minutes in a marathon.”
This is pretty consistent with my performance. Twenty pounds and 2.5 minutes…
And while I’m not trying to run a marathon (or half-marathon) anytime soon, it’s nice to know that the loss of fat (not muscle) will improve my running. Because… guys… I might not hate it anymore. Like I don’t even dislike it. I kind of enjoy it… shocking, I know!
I’ve gotten to the point of not thinking much, or at all, when I’m running. Normally my thoughts were things like “ughhhh” or “when will this be over” or “this is the effing worst”… but these days with a good playlist *cough* Cardi B *cough* I could run for what feels like forever. Strangely the shorter runs are the harder ones!
When I started running with the C25K app, I didn’t think much about the benefits of running. I just thought that I wanted to be able to run for the bus and not feel out of breath… or run from a serial killer chasing me…
But now that I’ve been reading a bit, I’m realizing that my improved sleep and improved mood can probably be at least somewhat attributed to me being more active. #duhjenn
Anyways, if y’all need any info on the benefits of running check these out. But you might take up running.
- 8 key ways running can transform your body and brain by Kevin Loria
- This one on RunRepeat is kind of funny and very well written… 71 benefits of running backed by science
With my second 5k being a big success, I’ve started thinking about the next three. Remember how I said I would run 5 this year?
So the question remains – where are we running? #LennyKravitz #DoSomethingFruity
Race suggestions welcome!