Yay for more group runs
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
So yesterday evening I got to run with the BPRC Marietta group. I've only ran with them on the morning track workout, but you're not really running together during that workout. I ran with the BPRC Kennesaw group last Tuesday so I thought I'd change it up a bit and see my options. Better yet, last evening was a poker run. You get cards at certain check points and whoever has the best poker hand wins. (My poker hand got me 5th place and a $20 gift card to the running store. SCORE!!)
As for the run, it was just 3.1 miles because they wanted to do a bunch of give aways after. There was about 25 of us and I finished 3rd out of a group. It wasn't a race or anything, but I did run it in 24:54 which has been just around most of my race times this year! This made me exciting because the run started off very slow and then of course I got my side stitch with about a mile to go. This means there are many key points I can improve on and hopefully reach my PR this Saturday of 23:57. Apart from the heat and the side stitch, this run felt very comfortable. With my speed increasing, there is no reason why I shouldn't PR by the end of this year.
This morning I ran the track workout with BPRC Marietta. I did a 2 mile warm-up, 2.5 miles at 10k pace, 6x200m at 5k pace, and a 1 mile cooldown. My splits for the speed portion (6x200m) were 55 sec, 54 sec, 53 sec, 54 sec, 54 sec, 51 sec. I was pleased because these splits are below my 5k pace, but felt relatively comfortable. So comfortable that I wish I would have cut down some of the warmup or cooldown to do 2-4 more. My cooldown mile was still at 8 minutes. But at least I got my 7 miles for the day. The first 4.5 miles was miserable with cramps all in my stomach, but by the time I got to the speed part it was better. My cramping issues have gotten a little better, but I wish they were just non-existent. I had some solid food before I left for my workout so I was asking for it this time. Last night I don't believe I was warmed-up enough for the effort I was putting in. The trial and error continues, but I know ways to help the cramping and though annoying sometimes, I must do what I can!
Next week, I will probably run with the BPRC Kennesaw for my evening run. They have over 5 times LESS people than the Marietta Group, but I believe the Kennesaw group will push me more. They are a very small fast group and I think this will be key! Plus I go to the Marietta group Wednesday morning so it will be good to get some diversity!