Here are my runs for this week.
Sunday: 10k--6.25 miles (high school track)
Tuesday: 3.5 miles (neighborhood)
Thurday: 2.75 miles (neighborhood)
Friday: 3 miles (neighborhood)
Saturday: 3 miles (high school track)
Weekly Total: 18.5 miles
The weather in Houston was about normal for this time of year----80 and humid in the mornings.
I finally finished a 10k after six months of running. It was only one more lap than last week, but it was both difficult and very rewarding. I started running at 6:45 and finished in 1 hour and 3 minutes which is a 10:03 minute per mile pace.
I was dying at the end and needed three fifteen second water breaks during my run. Sunday is my only day off each week and I hate the idea of getting up 5:30, but the heat is too much during a long run.
The good news is I felt no effects of fatigue, shin splints, or general pains during the next few days.
I added a lit bit of distance to my three weekday runs and felt great after each one. I still prefer running on the track and will probably do that more often. I have not noticed any ill effects from increasing the mileage this week. My knees feel great and my breathing is normal. I have also noticed more energy while at work.
Today--My wife joins me
I was going to take today off since I have a long run tomorrow and a 12 hour workday today. My wife for the first time asked if I would go running with her at the track. She recently started running about 6 weeks ago. Obviously I was excited she wanted to go running with me and I jumped out of bed full of energy at 5:30 this morning. Even though we run at different paces, this was by far my most enjoyable run of the week with her present. I finished 3 miles in 27 minutes.
I will probably work on increasing the mileage totals during my weekday runs and lower my time on Sunday runs. 10k is a good solid base for now.