I’ve had some happy moments this week, but mostly it’s been sad. So much death. Both close to my family and across the country.
I was back on my training schedule after a last week’s rest and then my 10k. It’s been a great week of running and I really needed that.
Here’s what I’ve done:
• 1.23 mile run to the race, 12:12 (9:55), then a 1.23 mile walk home afterward.
It was close enough to home that I decided to jog there rather than deal with parking. Made for a good warmup.
• 10k race! Finished in 59:46 (9:38 pace)
I’m super happy about this pace. Still a little slower than I wanted, but still a personal record for the distance! The majority of the course was really hilly so I knew right away I wouldn’t make my goal. My fastest time for 6.2 was a 9:42 average and I was determined to beat that. Success!
• Sunday & Monday
• Recovery and rest days.
• 4.09 miles, 37:32 (9:10 pace)
I had 4 miles on my schedule. Then Boston happened and those 4 miles took a lot more meaning. The distance was to mark the bombings 4 hours and 9 minutes into the marathon; I was on a mission and ended up with probably my best run ever. 9:10 pace? Very fast for me.
• 30:00 vinyasa flow yoga, some stretching and some rolling.
• 3.1 miles, 30:25 (9:49 pace)
This run was scheduled as an As You Feel run. We’re between thunder storms (hello tornado warning and golf–ball hail last night!) and quite windy. It took plenty of willpower, but I did not look at my pace until the 3 miles mark. My GPS announces distance as I go, but I don’t have it tell me my pace for days like this.
I really focused on my actual running. “Shoulders down, watch that back, keep your weight forward, front foot strike, protect those knees, elbows in, don’t cross your arms, shoulders again, keep breathing steady…” All those things that are not yet second nature to me and start to get lost when I focus on my pace. It felt good to have a more “technical” run with no concern for speed.
• I’ll only get in a short walk today, and then we’re heading out-of-town early. We have a funeral to attend and family to be with this weekend. I plan to spend some time on the hotel tread mill Saturday morning and get my 8 miles in.
Four weeks until my very first half marathon! Sheesh…. only four???? Scary. Gotta stick to the plan and I’ll be ready.
Happy weekend, all!
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