This week I turned 40 and entered the world of Masters running. Two days before my birthday I ran my last race as a 30-something, the Yankee Homecoming 5K in Newboryport, MA, which was my goal summer race. My race report is coming so I won’t go into details, but I was happy with the performance, ran a PR and won my age group, and actually did quite well in the overall standings. Encouraged by the outcome of the race, the next day I got up my nerve and called the head coach of a competitive women’s team I’ve been thinking about joining for quite some time. We had a good conversation and will be meeting next week, and I will likely join the team in September. I’m excited about trying something new, hopefully taking my running to the next level, and I am also really looking forward to meeting other like-minded female runners in my area.
I was pretty tired after the hard effort of the race, so as far as training goes most of the week was recovery and easy running:
Monday: Easy run. Warm-up: 14 min easy, 2*buttkicks, heel kicks, high knees, carioca. 4*strides (2 on grass, 2 on track). Workout: 6 min easy, 2*10 sec hill sprints, 2*big skips. Cool-down: AIF, primal rolling, get-ups, core routine, hip mobility routine.
Tuesday: Race. Yankee Homecoming 5K, Newburyport, MA. 21:06. First in age group F35-39, 17th woman out of 1123 overall.
Wednesday: A.M. Recovery run. 2 miles easy, stretch. P.M. Session with strength coach. Lots of bodywork, mobility work and recovery conditioning work.
Thursday: Swim and self-care.
Friday: Easy run. 50 min easy. Cool-down: AIF, core routine, hip mobility routine.
Sunday: 20 min easy, 2*strides, AIF.