On October 16 I participated in a very small 5k, put on by a local gym and my former running coach; the secret to placing in your age group is running small races. I don't recall the last 5k that I ran, it's been that long. I have been so focused on running half and full marathons I never even considered shorter events. I was the third female finisher; this earned me a medal and a pair of shoes. My time was 24:30, a 7:46 pace; I came in 13th overall (I told you it was a small race). The gym also has a Boot Camp program and they had set-up an obstacle course in the parking lot, I had never done anything like this so I gave it a try - wow, it was hard but really, really fun. Their goal of sucking new people in to the program was met, I signed up for a month trial of the Boot Camp.
On the 17th I ran in an all women's half marathon; I had to get on a plane to Chicago at 1:30 that afternoon and the race didn't start until 9:00 a.m. That meant my number one goal was to finish in less than 2 hours so I could have time to quickly clean-up & hit the airport. It was a spectacular morning, 37 degrees at the start but crystal clear; a perfect day! I ran with two friends and we thought we would start at an 8:30 pace and slow down if necessary. My half PR was 1:55 and I was two weeks post marathon; I thought 8:30's would be a reach but I was just running for run that morning. To my unbelievable surprise, I finished in 1:51 which is an 8:31 pace; a 4 minute PR. I was astounded; we had a fabulous run and it felt EASY. My new half goal is going to be 1:49; I'm running another half on December 12th and I think I will go for it!
|Here we are post race, what a great group of ladies|
This past Saturday I ran in another small 5k (not quite as small as the first) and again was the 3rd female to finish; another PR 24:11 This was after being out of town for a week and not running one inch during this time. I feel like I had more in me; my confidence is really improving, it was an area I needed to work on.
I need to get into a manageable schedule for running and cross training; it's been hard to get a handle on since St. George - any suggestions?
Have an awesome week.