Back in full swing this week! I’m taking a break from structured training and mileage goals and being a bit more flexible with my training. Doing what feeeeeeels right. I surely inherited my blended hippy-dippiness and type A-ness from my parents. The most exciting thing about this week: I raced a 5k! I’ve been planning this one for a few weeks, but didn’t dare admit it to anyone. As I told my husband on the way to the race, “If this goes poorly, it never happened.” But it was great! I’m getting ahead of myself…
Monday- Ran 7 miles easy in the evening.
Tuesday- Off. I went to a painting class! See? This is me living a more balanced life!
Wednesday- track with Joe. 12 x 400 at goal 5k-10k pace with 2:00 rest. I love opening with this workout because it’s not that hard (you can do anything for 400 meters) but it still gives that sense of accomplisment and forward progress. I ran ’em in 92-94, with a few faster but none slower.
Thursday- 6 easy on the Highbanks trails with Rob
Friday- 5 easy miles
Saturday- 5k race. I had no idea what to expect in this race. I figured I could potentially run anywhere from 19:30-21:00. I ran the first mile in 5:57 and I knew right then and there, no matter how the race unfolded, I was proud of that <6 mile! Went through 2 miles in 12:07 and started to think I had a chance at the 5k standard of 19:00. Fell off pace hard the last mile but kept right on pushing through. I rather enjoyed the lung-burning, heart-pounding that reminded me of junior high track meets. Won the women’s division and placed 4th overall, 2 minutes behind the 3rd place male finisher. Not too bad for a rust-buster, in my 12 oz Peggies.
Sunday- 10 easy miles back at Highbanks with Amy. Slow and beautiful.