The heat wave descended last week, but I still managed to get in my training. Sometimes it wasn’t pretty and I had to improvise, but in the end I GOT. IT. DONE!
And I raced. My favorite local race is an old-school competitive 5 miler. I run it almost every year (only time I haven’t since 2006 was in 2010 when I had a 3-week old). And every year, but 2008 when I was pregnant for the first time, I’ve won my age group, even last year when I was pregnant with my third! So, I wanted to get out there and try to keep my streak alive, even if I’m not in race shape just yet.
As you probably know, I train with an elite development team. We’re currently an all-women team of 9 awesome runners all training under the same coach. Three of my teammates are super-duper crazy amazing fast. They are all hoping to run sub-1:15 half marathons this fall to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials. One has a PR faster than that already and the other two are certainly more than capable of doing it. They inspire me!
Besides them, there’s me, of course, Barb Broad, who you’ve met, and several other 20-somethings working to take their running to the next level. I like to think of them and me as the farm team. I’ve just recently started doing workouts with the farm team and expected to come in somewhere behind my teammates. Surprisingly, I came in with them. The three of us on the farm team came in 9th, 10th and 11th place and all within 11 seconds of each other. I was 10th. I went into the race with NO GOAL TIME. I was hopeful, but not expectant. As per my coach, my mission was to push myself from start to finish and ignore the watch. So I left the watch in the car and did just that. It worked great. I’m sure if I knew that I was on pace to run 1:00 slower than my course best, I wouldn’t have pushed myself as hard as I did. And I found that even with a “slow” time, when you really do your best it’s hard to feel disappointed. Aw. Little Salty is growing up. Heh.
Anyway, here’s how the week went:
Mon: 5 easy on the treadmill during kids’ swim classes averaging 8:14.
Tue: a.m. 3 easy on the treadmill (no stroller because of rain) and later 9 with track.
Ew. It was 89 and sticky for the entire thing. Workout was 1600, 1200, 800, 400, 6 x 200. Goal paces were probably still a little out of my reach on a good day: 5:50; 4:21; 2:52; 83; 40; 40; 39; 39; 38; < 38. But today was not a good day. 6:10 (that hurt); 4:35; 2:59 (better); 83 (not sure how I managed that) and then I did 3 x 40 200s and 3 x 39. 39 was about the best I could do without my form going to heck.
Wed: Off. It was 94 and I took all three kids to the zoo from 9:45 – 3:00!
Thu: 8 with 5 @ 7:15 on the Y treadmill with no a/c. It was unbelievably hot, humid and the air did not move. So gross, but I had no choice and got it done. I would have liked to get in 7 @ 7:10, but it was just too hot and I settled for getting in the miles over the pace.
Fri: 7 again on the Y treadmill with no a/c. Was hotter than the day before. Wanted 8, but I just couldn’t. Averaged 7:57.
Sat: 6 with a new friend including 6 x :30 strides. Averaged 7:40 and great conversation!
Sun: a.m. 10.5 with 5 mile race in 32:16 (6:27 average). p.m. 3 super easy shake out shuffle.