Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Week three of 50k training is in the books (only three weeks? It feels like so much more haha). Well here's a quick recap to update you on how it's going and how I feel.
Sunday Farklek Run
These type of workouts are new for me and I am enjoying them. I like being able to go from a super fast run to a moderate one because I know it helps me with my speed.
Monday 8 Easy
Tuesday 8 Moderate
Wednesday 4 Easy
I did some elliptical cross training and weights.
Long run #1 of the week
These back to back long runs are no joke! I think this was the most challenging day and now I see why I had so many easy miles this week in preparation.
One thing I like about this plan is every week is so different. The mileage is building but I a still motivated and interested in the process. Next week I have a half marathon for my long run so that will be fun to mix things up a bit.
Saturday 01/12/19 was the Port Orange Livestrong at the YMCA 5k. I always plan for this race since it's close to home and for a great cause. The early morning views along the river make it a great reason to wake up early on a Saturday. Fun fact: the previous years' course had a double bridge route but the construction of that bridge meant this we could enjoy a pleasant and flat out and back along the river. I'm all for not having to run over the bridge especially when I'm not in the best shape haha.
Mile 1 6:30
Packet pickup and everything went smoothly and we lined up and were off right on time. My plan for this race was to just take it slowish and have fun. My speed work has been lacking in the off-season (rightfully so) and I really felt it here. I felt that I could not run much faster and felt sluggish from the start. My best races are when I run a fast first mile and this clearly was not one of those times.
Mile 2 6:40
Mile two was my worst mile. I started to feel better after the turnaround because the wind changed I think. I wasn't running fast at this point, but I felt I was able to keep up with the pace I had set so my endurance is getting better.
Mile 3 6:35
My last mile was actually not as bad as my second which makes me happy. I feel like at this point I am able to keep up my pace even if it's not a fast one or what I would like.
Mile .10 6:12
I sprinted but didn't go all out as you can see. Overall I am happy with this race because not all races are goal races and I'm happy that my not so great ones are better than my last year's great ones. I'm excited to start training my for 50k now!
Overall: 3rd out of 285
Female: 1st out of 177
↓ The Bling ↓
Saturday night 1/5/19 was the first ever Moonlight Beach Run 5k/10k/15k/half marathon in Daytona Beach, FL. I ran the 5k as my first race of 2019. I had heard great things about the race directors, and you know I'm always up for a night race. I'm currently in this low mileage/recovery mode, so I wanted to take it easy and not go all out.
Even though this was the inaugural event and they had 4 races going on at once, everything went as planned. Packet pickup was a breeze, no major restroom lines, and the races all went off on time. There were quite a good amount of participants in each race.
Mile 1 6:32
We were warned the wind would be in our faces for the first half of the race before the turnaround. That was more of a reason for me to take it slow which was a success. I knew I could have gone faster but didn't feel the need.
Mile 2 6:43
The turnaround point was around 1.50 miles. It was really well marked and at this point I hoped that running out of the wind would be easier but somehow it didn't feel it haha.
Mile 3 6:46
The beach sand was pretty well packed so no issues there. I gave it a good effort and tried to maintain my pace for the last 2 miles.
Mile .10 5:52
The last part felt like I was running through quicksand. I was surprised to see my pace under 6:00 for it.
What a great after party. They gave us pizza, chips, beer, coke, waters, and energy bars. The bandshell is a great location for an after party. I really hope they put this event on the schedule for next year too. Only weird part was the results were over a minute slower than the real times. It was fixed on the final report but the website still didn't change it. Not a huge deal though but I will go with my watch time for the results part.
I know this was a slower race for me, but I feel great about where I am right now. For this to be a "bad race" and to run under 21 minutes is huge considering this time last year I would have been thrilled to get a time like that in any race (which was rare). So, I am getting there slowly but surely. Now time to focus on a few more races in January and see how that goes.
Time (according to watch) 20:48
1st Overall Female
My 2018 running had some ups and downs. It started out kind of rough because I was not training correctly, but it finished strong when I found a great plan and ended with a great race at the Hot Chocolate 5k, Tampa. I am really excited to look into 2019. Here are some 2018 highlights.
Average times: Looking back I did a lot of work to improve my 5k speed. It feels like a slow process, but I have improved my average times by over a minute from last year. I went from struggling to get under the 21:10 range to the low 20:00 range.
Revelations of 2018: Well of course realizing that I cannot run fast each day was one and another is finding my love for longer distance racing while completing my first 2 half marathons and 1st 10 miler.
2019 goals: I am a planner, so I have most of this lined up. Right now I am doing some recovering work and taking it easy on the mileage. Late January I will start Ultra training for the Palm Bluff 50k in May while still running some local races (5Ks and halfs). After that I will take a short break then focus on gaining speed during the summer again since there are very few races during that time period and continuing that process into the fall running season.
Happy 2019 everyone!