I Run for Pizza 5K
This has been a strange strange week for me in training. I am really struggling with putting in the runs in a way that benefits me. When I started I was just fitting them in, and yes, it has only been 2-3 weeks, so I am still in the “starting” phase. I have plenty of time to make some corrections.
Given my work schedule and the amount of stress that I am having over work, sometimes getting workouts in with appropriate rest times in between is a challenge for me. I am going to continue to look at the time I have and hopefully something will work out.
My big problem this week was that I got overly sore, and then needed multiple rest days. I felt a ton better on Friday, but, because I had a race on Saturday I didn’t want to run on Friday.
So I ran today. I was disappointed. Two of my friends and I had planned to do the race. Both of them forgot about it, so I ended up doing it alone. It was not local, so I was really alone in that I knew no one. The Space Coast area though, has got a very active, fun running community, I felt instantaneously at home and was almost immediately involved in multiple conversations about races, PRs, the weather etc…so in the end it turned out to not be a really big deal.
The course was really flat. I mean, REALLY flat. I was a wee bit grumpy, as I knew that it was not a PR race. I really didn’t want to run a disappointing race. But…it was on the plan, so I did it. I had a few moments of magical thinking that maybe I could run a PR.
Well, I didn’t. I will say, I think the speed work and the Tempo runs are “working”…. Since I ran my PR in April 2012, I have lost a ton of fitness and gained 10 whole pounds. I ran about 1 minute off my PR. And I freely admit that I did not run a 100% race effort. I almost never do…I am not that great a competitor and many times comfort wins out over giving myself a horrible side stitch or gasping, to take off an extra 15 seconds… So…guess I am going to trust the plan.
I’m going to try to do a 3.5 miler tomorrow, and then I’ll have almost all of the runs for the week done.
Going to have to figure out how to do next week. I also signed up with my old trainer for some training sessions, so I have to smoosh those in as well.
I admit too, seeing my little countdown ticker flip to 5 months…made me really nervous!