It has been a long time since I raced. Since July 4th, specifically. I wanted a sleeping IT Band for my upcoming half next month (2 weeks!). And that meant weeks of not running as much, weeks of taping, giving up a planned race/mini racecation.
This week, however, it was time to test myself with my first 5k of the year. Yup, you read that right. I have done shorter races, but no 5ks. I had high hopes for the race too — did I achieve them? Read on.
- Monday: Dog walk (2), 4 mile easy run, Iron Strength Glutes, Yoga for Pain Restore & Rebuild
- Tuesday: Dog walk (2), 4 mile tempo run
- Wednesday: Dog walk (2), Yoga for Pain Relief Restore & Rebuild & Hips, Prevention Better Belly Yoga
- Thursday: Dog walk (2), Yoga for Pain Relief Hips, 3 miles easy with 4 x 30 second strides
- Friday: Dogwalk (2), Yoga for Pain Relief Restore & Rebuild, Iron Strength Abbreviated
- Saturday: Dogwalk, Maddie’s Mark 5k (33:33), easy 4 mile run later that afternoon
- Sunday: Dogwalk (2), Yoga for Pain Relief Align & Alleviate & Knees
Mileage: 18.5 (-1.5)
Taking it easy & a little race
For the most part, this week was about resting. Sort of. I wanted to keep my mileage up, because I felt 3 weeks out was too soon to taper for a half, but I didn’t want to push too much. And that’s why I didn’t do the full Iron Strength workout because man that’s a workout!
Plus Wednesday would have been my day to do the full Iron Strength, as it’s a non-running day — except Wednesday was Yom Kippur and I was fasting. Which is why I only did lots of yoga on Wednesday. And surprisingly my arms were a bit sore on Thursday!
My IT felt a bit irritated Monday, but I’ve noticed that a couple of days after a hard or long run that happens sometimes. It’s not a muscle, so I’m not quite sure why it seems to get DOMS, but the truth is for the most part it feels just fine and so far, knock on wood, I’m feeling strong.
I ran my first 5k of the year on Saturday. I don’t race too often and I haven’t been able to do some of the races I wanted to do because of circumstances. Not a PR, but a great day to race, a decent time, and best of all I had lots of running friends at the race.
This particular race is my 5k record. Although I’m not sure if the time that particular year was accurate. It’s not a flat course and part of it is a trail. I went into it just hoping for something under 33 minutes. 32:59 would have been okey dokey by me. It was not to be.
Nope, the official time was 33:33 – my Vivoactive shows me a bit faster & the course a bit longer but I’m still unsure how accurate it is. I suspect it is not as accurate as my old Garmin 110. More testing needs to be done, though!
That’s a decent time for me and put me smack dab in the middle of the pack: literally, I was 100 out of 199 runners (although being a small charity race, there are quite a few walkers, too). But it was slower than last year’s time, too. Just a tad.
And I finished up with another 4 miles that afternoon; the first time I’ve split up a long run am & pm.
On the bright side, looking at the tables from Run Faster, Run Less, that would extrapolate to a 2:22 half. Which I know ain’t happening. That would be a huge PR for me and for whatever reason, I usually do slow down after the first 10k.
No, my hope is 2:40. There, I’ve said it. It’s a conservative number for me, definitely doable, and yet so far it has eluded me. It’s a 12:12 mm. It’s all going to come down to how I’m feeling race day, how hilly the course really is, and the weather.
Do you spend any time thinking about what your pace should be during a race?