Free shoes! (and bonus points because they’re pink)
A year ago I would never have believed that I’d look forward to track night, but it’s quickly becoming my favorite workout of the week, for so many reasons. Tonight I was expecting 5×600, but when we got there we were told to do 4×800 with 400 recovery in between. Yikes! I can totally do it, but it was kinda scary being caught off guard.
For pretty much the entire workout I just couldn’t get my hips to feel right – they weren’t sore or achey or anything, they just weren’t cooperating and felt wonky. Since there was no pain, I kept going, aiming for 10:00-10:15 800s and 11:30 400s. Once I got warmed up after the first repeat, things settled down a bit and I felt more in sync for the remainder of the workout.
My goal for the 5k is to run a sub-34:00 race. I’ve been making steady progress over the last few years and I think this year will be no exception. So I was stunned when I was coming up on 3.1 miles to look at my Garmin and see 32:18. Holy moly!! So excited about that! I’m not reevaluating my goal yet, but it might be on the horizon. I still need to get ready for Dreaded Druid Hills before I start reevaluating the 5k goals – the 5k is on Sunday and DDH is the following Saturday. I want to push myself but make sure there’s still something in the tank for a successful 10k.
After the workout we rushed home to catch the Dancing With the Stars finale! I am totally addicted to this show and am an unapologetic Meryl fan. I don’t normally drink on Mondays, but after tonight’s performance on the track and the super exciting finale I decided it was okay to break the rules (because what are rules for if not for breaking??).
Sometimes you need to have a really crappy stretch to better appreciate the good. Aside from my track workouts the last two weeks, I’ve been in kind of a funk and honestly haven’t been running or working out nearly as much as I should. When I woke up this morning, I immediately changed into running clothes. I had no intentions of running until the afternoon, but I thought it was worth a shot – maybe if I’m already dressed for the part, I’ll be more likely to act the part. And whaddaya know? It worked.
We’re expecting up to 4″ of rain tomorrow, so getting out for a run of any length was a major priority for today. It was windy, but a great afternoon for a run. Rather than focusing on distance, I’m trying to use time as a main focus of my training right now. I seem to hit some mental blocks when I do or don’t hit certain mileages, so no better time to try something new – 15 min out, 15 min back, focusing on feel and effort rather than the Garmin. After my warm up, where I got to see some cute little indigo buntings flitting around, I started running, paying close attention to the motion of my left leg and hip and my breathing. Aside from the pollen plotting to take me down with a massive coughing fit a few minutes in, I never stopped running. I even made it past my perpetual mental block, which occurs about .4 miles from the finish, without batting an eye. And I knew immediately that I ran a negative split because I still had :18 to go when I got back to my starting point!
Mile 1 – 11:44
Mile 2 – 11:38
Mile .6 – 11:08 pace
This was exactly what I needed. I’m 5 weeks out from the 5k, 6 weeks out from the Dreaded Druid Hills. I need to seriously kick up my running – with special emphasis on hill work. I’m confident about the 5k right now. I’m pretty confident I will be ready for the 10k – it may not be my best showing (obviously, it’s no one’s best showing), but I don’t think I’ll need to be dragged by my feet to the finish.
This next month will be focusing on doing what I need to do, even if/when I don’t want to do it. I need to suck it up and get up at 5:00am on Saturdays and go running with a group. I need to go out on grossly hot days, rainy days, and cold days. I need to push much closer to my breaking point on the track. And I need to focus more on strength training to prevent injuries and reinjury. Above all, I need to be all in.
I may not have much control over my life these days, but I can at least control my running.
So I know I’ve been a really sucky blogger lately. I’m not sure what my issue is, but I just haven’t been motivated to write anything – I feel like my life right now just isn’t interesting enough for others to want to read about it. I promise I’m working on making it more interesting and writing about it more.
But, in the mean time, my mom and I have joined a training group for the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k, which takes place this June! I hadn’t planned on running this race again, but when my mom was excited at the idea of joining the training group, I decided it would be good for me, too 🙂 Our first group meeting was three weeks ago tonight – it was 44 degrees and raining! The weather was so nasty that night that the O’s cancelled their game. 😮
Last week was considerably nicer. My mom is in the intermediate walker group, where they’re focusing on walking intervals of different paces. I’m in the intermediate runner group, where we do repeats on the track. Last week we did 200m hard w/ 400m recovery – I did so much better than I thought I would! My average pace for the whole evening was around 10:29, which is super fast for me. That gave me hope going into DDH training (which I seriously need to get moving on).
Unfortunately we both skipped this week’s training session – my father is hosting a garden club tomorrow morning (they’re coming all the way out here just to see his gardens!), so we’ve been getting everything spotless all day and were just too zonked to head down to the track. Hopefully tomorrow or Thursday night we’ll make up for it.
In other news, I am now a Sweat Pink Ambassador! Yay! Super excited about this – and planning on using it as motivation to actually keep up with my blog again!