I’m stoked! I acheived a PR in the 10km race and finally broke 50 minutes! 49:30 kills my last PR last July of 53:18! I just used a lot of exclamation marks there.
I was a bit worried going into this race as I just got back from a 10 day trip to Italy the week before and didnt run at all while I was there. I got in three really crappy and slow runs in the week leading up to the race but just wasn’t feeling my best. Plus I had a little bit of a mind thing going on. Last time I ran this race I started out strong and stalled to a dead halt @ 7.5 km as I was experiencing the worst cramp on the planet. I actually thought something was seriously wrong. It hurt so much in my side that I was limping because any leg movement KILLED. I have never ever gotten a cramp like that. This is the race I learned the value of pacing. It also made me afraid to push myself too hard. So I went into the race on Sunday with visions of lying on the road in agony flashing through my head. As I get more serious about running I am learning how to listen to my body more and also about proper training. I think this helped me push hard but not run out of steam.
I have also decided to run a half marathon in July. My first one and probably my last before I get knocked up. I have six weeks to train. I am not aiming to be fast, I’m aiming to finish. Anything around the 2 hour mark would make me happy though. I plugged everything into Smart Coach and it created a plan for me. This is what the first week looks like. There is a lot (too many IMO) of really short 5 km or less runs in the plan. I might up them a few km. Like change the 4 km run to 6 km.
|Easy Run||Easy Run||Tempo Run||Easy Run||Rest/XT||Long Run||Rest/ XT|
|4 KM @ 6:03||4 KM @ 6:03||9 KM inc warm, 6 KM @ 5:24, cool||4 KM @ 6:03||21 KM @ 6:03|