Happy Happy Friday!
This has been a long week, no? I’m so ready for the weekend. I’ve got another 20 miler on the marathon plan for Saturday. My legs and feet have been feeling quite fatigued since Wednesday so I’m hitting my yoga mat, foam roller and compression socks in full force hoping that they feel more energized by Saturday.
My legs might be a little fatigued from my run on Tuesday. I did my 5k run for the April edition of the 5 by the 5th Virtual Race Series.
For those of you who are new, I’m using this race series to improve my 5k time although I’ve never done one in real life.
I decided to do this month’s race on a speed training day. My plan called for 4X1600 in 7:26 with 800 jogs. I’d try to start at a slower pace than that for the first mile to see if I could sustain it before moving toward 7:26. Running faster than normal for me is not my thing. I don’t think I have a fast twitch muscle fiber in my body. I can usually handle it doing speed work. In my mind I always think, it’s only for a mile at a time and then a “rest.” Would I be able to hang for 3.1 miles? This was going to be tough.
I started off with a warm up of 1.5 miles before clearing the treadmill. I started conservatively at a 8:00 pace. My legs were feeling heavy from the previous days bike trainer and strength workout but the pace felt alright. Eventually I settled in to a 7:44 pace. I didn’t feel like I was being too taxed but I was hesitant to push it any further until the last 1/4 mile. I’m not sure what the pace was, I just pushed the speed up bottom till it felt like a sprint. Or at least what a sprint on the treadmill feels like. One thing I’ve learned from doing this race series, is that I think like a long distance runner – gotta save some gas in the tank because you’ve got xx amount of miles to do. Maybe after the marathon it’s time I did an ‘in real life’ 5k. Something to think about.
I finished with a time of 24:10. An improvement from last months 24:19. I’ll take it. I took at least 10 pictures and could not get one with my time on it! #bloggerfail
I did eventually do 2×1600 @ 7:26 with one 800 jog to finish the run at 7 miles for the day.
Speaking of races, I’ve got two planned for April. The first is a local 5 miler, Red’s Shoe Barn Race . Last year’s Paddy’s 5 Miler was the only other time I’ve done that distance. I finished in 40:14 so it should be interesting to see what time I can pull off. I definitely think I’m in much better shape than I was a year ago.
The second race is, Wallis Sands Half Marathon. This race holds a special place in my heart. I got a big PR on the course last year. I’d love to get another PR. With all of the speed work and marathon training I’ve been doing for the past few months, I feel like I might be able to do it.
Do you have any racing plans for April?