Week 7: (Race Week) September 7-13

Monday September 7:

Easy day. I needed some recovery from the 15 miler. I ran 6.2 miles. I am getting  the hang of taking easy runs easy and not stressing over each pace I run. It is more important to run healthy! The run was completed in 47:58, for an average pace of 7:40.

Tuesday September 8:

Keeping it easy, 8.2 miles in a time of 1:01:39 for an average pace of 7:31

Wednesday September 9:

Workout Wednesday as everyone these days call it. I really wanted to get on the track. I know some people say that speed is sometimes overrated.  I totally agree, but I needed some sort of confidence booster. Lately I have felt so slow and sluggish. My alarm was set for 6 am. I was totally read to hit the track.When the alarm went of I hit snooze and did not get up. I don’t know how I did that, but you know how it is. I guess I needed my sleep. I ended up waking up at 7am. Frantically I ran out the door hoping the track was empty. As I ran towards the track I could see through the bleacher how packed the track was. Not only was the local high school having cross country practice, they were also having marching band practice. There was no way I was going to be able to do the track workout I had planned. I continued running for about another mile and a half. I decided I would do a longer workout alternating 1 mile hard, 1 miles easy for a total of 6 miles. Then finish with a 3 mile cool down back to my house. In order to gauge my pace and progress on the workout I decided I would run the same mile the entire time. After I finished a mile I immediately turned around and ran back to start the next mile. As I started my first hard mile effort, I felt a bit sluggish, I continued to truck along the pavement with a bit of frustration. My watch beeped at a mile and I glanced down, 5:51 for the first mile. Well… Not bad, but I was hoping to run 5:45 pace. I turned around ran back and refocused my energies. As I started my 2nd hard effort I tried to focus a bit more on not being frustrated. Once I hit the mile mark I held my breath as I looked to see the pace, BAM… 5:45!! Oh thank goodness. Progress. I must have been warmed up. As I ran back to the start of my mile intervals I told myself how I really wanted to push myself and hit a sub 5:40. If I could do that I knew I would have some confidence. I started the mile super focused. I remembered to run tall and lift my knees. I imagined myself running the way I want to run. When the watch beeped I prayed I went under 5:40. I stopped for just a moment as I read 5:31 across my watch. YAHOOOOOO!!! When you put your mind to it, anything is possible. I am super happy with this run, totaling 11.5 miles in a time of 1:20:09 for an average pace of 6:58.

Thursday September 10:

Cross train day, just an easy elliptical. With a weight circuit. I did not want to do the spin bike today since I had a harder effort the day before and I have a race on Sunday. I did not just piddle around on the elliptical, I make sure to make it easy run effort.

Friday September 11:

Easy run again.. And last run till the 10K. I felt really good. Maybe it is the weather. It is starting to feel a lot like fall!! I ran 8.2 miles in a time of 59:17 for an average pace of 7:13.

Saturday September 12:IMG_3985Rest Day

Sunday September 13:

Even though this is a race day I also need to get in a longer run. Yes, Wednesdays workout was longer but it is important to keep training through these training cycles. After the race i ran an additional 6 miles. Overall my total miles for the day were 13. 6.  A little race recap… I went out hard, I wanted to see what I could do and just push myself. My goal going into the race was to be a top 5 finisher in order to win some prize money.  When the race started I noticed at the time 2 lady’s who I knew were going to be faster. It turns out one was a professional runner for Nike and had spent the past few months training and racing in many Diamond League events.  The other had just ran a 2:38 marathon to set an Olympic Trials Qualifying Standard. I was super impressed with their resumes. I am more motivated knowing I was not that far off. I just need to run 10 seconds a mile faster. That doesn’t sound too bad…. Hopefully this 10K is giving me motivation to actually to the longer workouts needed to sustain the paces. My mile splits were as follow,

  1. 5:42IMG_4068
  2. 5:43
  3. 5:53
  4. 5:51
  5. 6:03
  6. 6:01

Total time was 36:31, according to official results. Those last two miles were tougher, which is to be expected when you come through 5k, 5 seconds off your Personal Best. I know I am getting stronger. If I keep putting in the miles one day at a time, my goals will be accomplished!

Overall this week was great. I finally raced a 10k. I have raced 2 others in my life, once when I was in High school and then this past spring, but I was really sick and trying to convince myself I did not have any stress fractures, it turned out I had two, and ran anyways. That was a mistake. I will be racing another 10k in two weeks. Not much time to recover, but I am in training, so I think it will help me get stronger and faster.

Till then, Stay tuned!



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