Saturday, March 27, 2010
Sunny 33 degrees w/ 10 mph SE wind
5k Race (4/1 intervals)
10:58 av pace
5.5 av MPH
433 cals burned (inc warm up)
165 av bpm HR
177 max bpm HR
Today I ran the Young Life 5k Fundraiser run in Moline, IL which was well organized considering this was their first one. I arrived early to get my bearings and the traditional potty and warm up and to get my chip on my shoe. Let it be known that I did NOT take my stupid gloves since it was so chilly...check that...flippin cold and I so wish I had them.
I started out strong yet controlled which is probably my best start as I have a tendancy to start way too fast. I picked out my target pace runner so I was all set to relax and work with my 4/1 intervals. I am thinking that 4/1 is not quite right for me while running a 5k. I feel the 1 minute is too long so I am going to back it to 45 seconds. I know that doesn't sound like a big change but when you are running the 3.1 miles it could make a difference in the final time.
I was feeling gassed in the end as I do not usually run 10-ish minute miles except for 5k's. This is my seventh 5k and I learn something new every time and I am really starting to tweak my "method of madness" while racing this distance. I will get it perfected yet!
There were hills on this course as opposed to none in Navarre, FL when I PR'ed bigtime so I knew a PR was not likely today and it wasn't. I finished at 34:06 which I will take considering the hills. My very first race at the end of last August was 37+ minutes so I have come a long way baby. When I did PR my last race with such a good time I have been concerned how I can possibly run any faster. I will trust the process and just continue to run and let my body adapt and if it is ready to run faster, it will.
Regarding my hammie issue, after talking with Coach Nancy she feels it is piriformis and therefore I have an appointment made Monday with my buddy PT Candi. I refuse to let this new twist get in my way of my running and will consider it another chance to become even stronger. I am 51, folks, and no Spring chicken and just started running last May so I need to expect these little hurdles, stay smart and get help when needed. I refuse to get stupid and ignore what my body is telling me as I have great respect for how my body is carrying me through running. I am amazed and feel very blessed!