Hello there! If you didn’t get the chance to read my race recap from the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon, you can find that here.
This past week got off to a slow start. I took Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as rest days. Wednesday, I went to the gym for a 45 minute bike ride. Thursday, I met a friend for 5 easy miles around the lake at North Park. Saturday, I paced a 5k and Sunday I met up with one of my athletes to brave the weather and run 7 miles in the rain.
The Saturday 5k proved to be quite the little challenge. We were asked earlier in the week if anyone on the pace team had an interest in picking up the 5k Trick or Trot at a local middle school. They said the run would be around the school campus. In my mind, I thought that would mean running through parking lots and around sports fields for a nice easy, flat, 5k. We asked one of the staff members setting up for the race what the course was like. He pulls out a map and begins to tell us that it goes out the school driveway and in to the woods. There were two decent down hill portions followed by an equal up hill portion. With the rain, I had some concerns about running on pace.
I felt like I earned my wings as a cross country runner though! For being one that tried to avoid running as much as possible in high school, I was happy to complete this course. I do not know how high schooler’s run this all the time.
It was not the best paced race that I have ever run. I walked down both hills just to be sure that I could remain upright and made up the time on the rest of the course. I came in with a garmin time of 10:02 average but the course was short. I didn’t look up my time on the race website….I’m sure that it was in the neighborhood. I’m glad that we were on course just to help and be an extra set of eyes in case any one would have gone down.
After that race, hubs and I went to Phipps to enjoy the last weekend of the Supernatural Exhibit and some adult beverages. Then, it was off to Threadbare to meet up with Jen of Dashing in Style and her hubs for dinner and drinks. We had a great time chatting and getting to know each other. She is so sweet and her husband is really funny. We chatted about running and her big decision to stick with training or change to running for enjoyment and dropping the marathon. It’s a tough decision to make!
Sunday, I’m thankful that Tonya and I made plans to run our long run together since we both had the same mileage. I showed up in a winter half zip and a hat! I was really overdressed but it just felt so cold standing still outside. Surprisingly, I didn’t get overheated. We ended up cutting it a mile short but I was surprised that I braved the rain and we had a really great pace! Tonya was running a minute faster per mile today than her average pace at this time last year. I am just so proud of her for the work that she has put in to her training this cycle.
One week left until the EQT 10 miler. This is one of my all time favorite races. It is a beautiful course in downtown Pittsburgh. The fall scenes make for a great backdrop and the weather is usually perfect. I have run this race every year since it has started. I hope to keep that steak up. This year, I’ll be pacing it again. I’ve moved up another 30 seconds to the 10:00 spot. I wonder how many more years I’ll be able to keep that streak up for?
As for me, I will start training this week for the Christmas Story 10k race in early December. My goal will be to break 50 minutes which would be at least a 3 minute PR for me. I know that in order to make that happen, I will need to focus on tempo runs and pick up just a little bit of speed. I can comfortably run a 5k at an 8 minute pace but I haven’t tried to run any further at that pace recently. I also intend to ramp up my core strength training for this mini cycle as well.
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