Last weekend I participated in the Pittsburgh Pirates 5k. I almost didn’t sign up because I’m not happy with the Buccos but I realized it would be 5 years, almost to the day, since my very first race. Since April 13, 2013 I’ve been trying to break 40 minutes in the 5k. As a distance runner I find it much easier to cut time off of longer distance races than short ones. My training for this cycle has been sub par but I figured with losing some weight and focusing more on strength training that it would happen this year. Normally if a shorter race falls into a training cycle I won’t actually race it, I’ll run it at my easy pace, but for this I wanted to give it my all.
I started with the 12 minute pace group, which is so new for me, I originally started in the walking group so to finally move up a bit is incredible. I knew I was doing well when I wasn’t getting so out of breath for the 90 seconds I would run (I do the run/walk/run method of 90 sec r/30 sec w). Everything felt really good, my breathing, my legs, core, back, glutes. For once during a race my body wanted to cooperate. As I crossed the finish line, which in this case was home plate at PNC park, the clock said 40:55 so I knew I finally did it. After checking the time online and seeing the 40:55 I was kind of worried I didn’t make it but I’m happy to share that I completed it in 38:57 which is a 12:34 average pace, the fasted average pace I’ve ever had during any race.
I did my first 10 miler the next day which was pretty rough since going all in wore out my legs, I did the first half outside and the second half in the gym. I got 3 runs in this past week along with 3 lifting sessions and ended this weekend with another 10 miler on Sunday, I did the entire run outside and got a pretty nice sunburn. I wasn’t too happy with the pace but we went from 35 degrees and snow flurries to 65-70 and sunshine and I tend to overheat pretty easily.
I’ll be starting my taper this week, with 3 weekday runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and 6 on Sunday. I’ll be keeping the lifting to only 3 days this week as well since the entire point of tapering is to cut back.
Lots of sleep, stretching, and hydrating will be happening over the next 13 days.
Till next time..