So much to catch up on. Where the heck to begin, my friends??? Let’s start with Saturday and work our way forward and then back again then forward again. Keep it all over the place exciting. Because this weekend had a lot going on. Kind of. Don’t get excited. It wasn’t super exciting stuff. It was nice family stuff, but nothing over the top. As always, I’m going to share the juicy details of a typical running family weekend. weekends tend to revolve around the run when both parentals are running and training for something.
Saturday- 5k race (we will talk about this in a minute) + 5.3 miles later in day = 8.4 for the day
This put me at 45 miles for the week!!! It truly does not take a lot to make me happy. give me some running miles, chocolate and perhaps a new workout tank and I’m on cloud 9. this 45 mile week included two days off from running, one day was stairmaster cross training. I’m very happy with my first 40+ mile week, which also included two good short races. and is lacking any pain or soreness.
Sunday- 10 miles am before church + 3 miles after church = 13 for the day. No garmin. I actually started with the watch on, and it quite honestly was being a little pisser and bringing my run down, so I shut it off. I wanted it to be a nice easy run, no stress, no fuss- but I kept looking at the watch and getting annoyed that my “easy” run pace was not as easy as I wanted it to be. So I turned off the watch and just ran. Turned out to be a 7:45ish pace, which is what I was shooting for.
Monday (which is today, for those of you in denial that the weekend is over)- 7.75 miles. no assistance from gps watch. Hence the pesky “.75” at the end instead of a pretty looking figure 8. Kind of a bummer. This is where taking pushy mr. Garmin works out well- you don’t get stuck with a “.75” at then end of your mileage. but you also dontnget stuck with a poor attitude about a certain pace. I don’t really like decimals with the numbers 75 after them when they are under the miles I wanted to hit. If the .75 followed the 8, it would have been happy day. So I’m stuck with 7.75 instead of 8. I do suppose worse things could happen on a Monday.
So there it is. We’re all caught up on the running weekend. Let’s move back to the racing weekend.
Turns out I’m a sucker for 5k’s, or any k for that matter. I had fun at the 10k last weekend too. I had to help my 5 year old visualize every “k” from 1 to 10 by telling her how far she would have to run from our house to make that distance. It was a riveting conversation.
5k’s are frightening. They are a fast, scary, slightly torturous breed of race. I like that. Thrilling. Challenging. Make you hit up the bathroom every 10 minutes kind of anxiety inducing distance. That might be just me. And that might happen to me before any race. but 5k’s especially. my stomach starts flipping just thinking about it. while they are short and fast, I think the challenge of them and the training benefits – both mental and physical – are great. You have to go fast from the start, stay fast in the middle and push it harder in the end.
When my friend said she was running the race, I obviously wanted to join. and therein lies the problem of dual training parents. The hubs had a 26 mile run planned for that morning. Whats a mom to do. I thought about hiding his sneakers, but didn’t want to play dirty. So I’m left with three kids. One race. One parent. Find a way to make it happen…by pawning off the children on friend’s husband. perfect. This is also why a 5k is great, its a quick race. so my children would only be torturing friends husband for approximately 18-20 minutes.
I signed the girls up for the half mile kids race. and stuck my little crazy man in the stroller. the girls ran the whole thing. of course, I have no pictures of them running it. I can’t be photographer/runner/mom/coach all at the same time. The race photographer caught some delightful images of them, but i am not tech savvy enough to hijack them from the website. and that would be stealing. I might be forced to pay for these ones. too cute. This is the only picture I have – and it’s not very delightful…
I went into my 5k just like my 10k on Sunday- ready to run my best run that morning. I always go into a race wanting a PR, but it’s just not always the case. And I’m learning that it’s ok to not run faster at every run, but it’s great to run my best at every run.
On Saturday, my best got me First place overall female. Happy. I squeaked in just under 19 minutes. My garmin said 18:57, official time I think was 18:58. What a major discrepancy there. Average pace was 6:05. I was 9th place overall finisher out of 385 people- so it was kind of a small race.
This was a bit hillier than my 5k in march. There was a hill within the first 1/10 mile. And then the one that sucked the life out of my legs – it was a 1/2 mile incline from mile 2 – 2 1/2. that’s exactly one 1/2 mile too long of an incline for a 5k. It wasn’t super steep, but anything other than flat in a 5k is just not desirable. It was probably like running 3-4% incline on the treadmill. Naturally, that was my slowest mile. Here are my garmin splits:
Mile 1- 5:50
Mile 2- 5:55
Mile 3- 6:27 that’s a doosy. There’s the beloved hill. not fun.
Last .13- 5:45
I felt great after this run. #1 because I had no expectations other than to run my best run. #2 because I came in first. That always makes for a fun day. #3 because I had all of my kids with me. I love having my kids with me at races. I love that they did the kids race too. #4 because it was a new race to me. I get stuck in a big box of not doing new races and not branching out. I’m going to branch out this summer. Lots of new races. Lots of short, bathroom inducing races. It was a great morning. It would have been cool to PR and win, but that may be pushing it. Throw a winning lotto ticket on there too and I’d be a happy mama. I’ll take the win and leave the PR and winning lotto ticket for next time.
I ran in these green monsters.
Mizuno musha. Minimal shoe.
I LOVE THEM. I ran the 10k in them too, and will do speed work in them when it becomes part of my schedule. I’ve been training in these pretty little things…
Mizuno wave precision. To the right. I’m not crazy enough to wear 2 different sneakers. But I am too lazy to find a picture of just the precisons. So you get more musha action too. the precison are lightweight, but a little more support/cushion than the musha.
Right now I’m in base building, easy run phase. These are my immediate goals: (because you do care)
1. Hit 40-45 miles a week through June
2. Keep all miles fairly “easy”, between 7:30-7:50 pace, depending on the day and the mood of my legs. I would say 95% of my running has been easy, not really pushing my pace too much. I might do one run a week that pushes it a bit, but nothing crazy. run easy paces while not stressing about the easy pacing.
3. Keep all of my runs happy. they have been pretty happy. I love to run. I don’t think I’ve mentioned that.
4. Avoid injury. Ha. That’s what everyone is trying to do. I can hope for the best and train smart. that’s all I’ve got.
5. Run garmin less for the majority of my runs. The garmin is a GREAT training tool. but it definitely has a time and a place. right now, that time and place for me is not on my wrist every time I walk out the door. It takes away the enjoyment of my run. And that makes me not happy. And that does not help with #3 above.
6. Add more strength work. I’m like a broken record saying that, because I’m always trying to do that and never really feel accomplished in that. So I’ll just keep writing it in hopes that it will really happen. Strong core = stronger runner.
I do know how it’s done. I just need to do it. Break my 6 minute plank record.
I was definitely getting mentally burnt out on running before my spring marathon extravaganza. I took a MUCH needed timeout from running and feel like I’ve come back with a very new mindset. I’m in this moment with my running. I’m not thinking about what I used to do and the paces I used to hit, because they were definitely faster. I bring zero stress into my running as far as goals and races. Instead, I’m thinking about what I am capable of in the future, about what I CAN do and about how I am going to successfully get there. And that means switching things up a lot. My running hasn’t changed, but certain circumstances around it has. I stick to two days off a week, one cross training and one complete rest day – which allows my mind a break and my legs a break. and I’m confident it’s going to keep me fresh for adding more miles and energized for some super speedy workouts in the weeks to come. I leave the watch at home, which means the stress of mile times stays at home too. I’m excited to do things a little differently, making the whole experience of training for the next marathon a new experience. A fun one. A fresh one. For my legs and my head.
Once the base building phase is over in a couple weeks, I will be more than ready to tackle some speed. my body will be more than ready to add on some miles and get into the 50’s consistently – something I’ve never come close to doing, but I think will make me a much stronger runner.
Now we are all caught up on the racing weekend, let’s catch up on the family weekend. In a short condensed parsgraph, it consisted of running, running, some more running and some relaxing. That’s the perfect weekend to me. Not a lot of plans. just a lot of home time/running time/hang out in the driveway and wear pink boots time.
Turns out little boy pink has another double ear infection. although, we aren’t confident that last one cleared up, it does explain his particularly devilish behavior as of late. pump him up with some antibiotics and hope for the best.
At the risk of turning this into another 3 day long post that doesn’t actually get posted until sometime at the end of the week, I’m going to have to end it now. so much to share, so little time. I have more chitty chat for you cool kids out there, but I’m going to end this long and drawn out running/training/racing reflections post right now. I promise I have some fun sneaker talk coming up and a possible opportunity to get some sneaks, but I’m also confident I will probably come up with some super interesting day in the life of Katie talk to fill this blogspace first. I’m also confident I finished off that jar of nutella over the weekend. I’m equally confident that I see a lululemon trip in my near future. I’m pretty confident my ear infected 2 year old will be up at 5am tomorrow and that I need to get my hiney to bed ASAP. That’s about all I’m confident about right now.
Fill me in on the juicy race/running details of the weekend?!?
Has your training/running changed over the past year? Has your outlook on running changed?
Do 5k’s terrify you?
What is your favorite race distance?