What I learned? You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to try. My nerves at the start line this morning were getting to me. I knew that with 5 hours of sleep after a wedding in hot and humid weather my chances of a PR were slim. What I was surprised about today, was how good I felt running at 30 seconds slower than goal pace. I’m really glad that I didn’t just throw the race away after all of that training. Of course, I would have liked to PR today. But for me, it wasn’t worth the crash and burn that would have happened had I gone out with the 7:30 pacer. Next time!
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: Rest Day
My legs were a little tight today from the half the day before. I thought that a rest day would be a good way to get myself back in to action for the week. Plus, there was an evening meeting at work so I didn’t get home until after 8pm.
Planned: Track Workout » Actual: 3 miles
I was still just feeling really off this week. I think that it was still an effect from my poor eating habits over the last couple of weeks. I got three miles in at a 9:30 pace before volunteer work at the local track Tuesday started.
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: 3 miles
Tonight I went to run with one of my clients, Tonya. She just ran a half marathon this past Sunday. We talked about that race experience and what we can adjust for the next race so that she can meet her goals. It was a really fun night! When she starts her first official tempo run, I’m going to run that with her to help her get used to the feeling of the paces.
Planned: Tempo Work » Actual: Rest day
I am slowly starting to feel better again by this point in the week. My original plan was to run on Friday so I thought I should take one day off.
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: Rest day
Whoops….I came home from work to get some stuff done and then run later in the evening when it wasn’t so hot. Instead, I fell asleep on the couch until 7:30 and didn’t run at all!
Planned: Long Run » Actual: 3 mile shake out
I went out to run around the local park. I couldn’t get my breathing under control and my legs felt so heavy. At this point, I started to get nervous about the race tomorrow. But, I had better things to look forward to tonight.
We drove out to Johnstown (Windber) for one of my college friend’s wedding. It was a beautiful set-up with an outdoor ceremony. I had the chance to catch up with my friends. The best thing about this crew is that it doesn’t matter how much time lapses, we just pick up right where we left off. Such a fun night!
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: The Great Race 5k!
Hot and humid. Yay, race day! Between 5 hours of sleep and the humidity, I knew that today was not my day for a PR. For me to run at the pace I needed to, I needed to have a cool, low humidity day. I readjusted my expectations at the start line and decided to go with the 8 minute pacers. I had Steff next to me which helped to keep my nerves from getting the best of me before the gun went off.
I did a good job of racing smart today. I stuck with the pacers until the first downhill. I pulled ahead knowing I should bank some time for the uphill. By the time I reached the top of the hill and started up after the water stop, the pacers were right there. I stuck with them for about a minute while I caught my breath. Then, off again to run the best I could for the final mile. Final time: 24:21. Pace 7:50/mile.
I finished 21 seconds slower than last year but I felt much better and stronger. I’m going to keep my eye on a spring 5k and see how winter training goes. For now, my focus is shifting to my next big goal race – Urban Bourbon Half Marathon.
Meal Prep Inspirations
Breakfast: Blueberry Lemon Coconut Baked Oatmeal
Dinner: Spiced Chickpea wraps with tahini dressing (V)
Sharing the Love
Did you race this weekend? What is your favorite distance to race?