Looking back at my “season” – it’s been long, fun, successful – and no wonder my body is tired and excited about some down time of just running rather than training.
I have set PRs in every distance I have raced – 5K, 4 mile, 10K, 15K, half marathon and marathon.
I started my training build up for the Pensacola Marathon back in mid July. After the marathon in November, I took a week off and then ran easy for about 3 weeks. I then ramped it back up training for the Seaside Half Marathon. After Seaside in March, I took a week off and the jumped right back in with intervals training for the spring 5Ks and Gate to Gate.
It has been a FUN year! And yes, my body is ready for a break! I know I need a break to become a better runner and lower my PRs even more. At the same time, taking a break is a bit scary. This past year has been the most intense and most successful and it’s hard to not to feel like I’ll loose it all if I back off. I know that’s not true – it’s just hard to trust it some times! I’ve been very blessed in that my only breaks have been during my 3 pregnancies.
I still have not decided what the plan for the Fall is – in part because I do not know where we’ll be living! If we stay put, I have my eye on the Huntsville Marathon on December 8th, with Boston to follow in Spring 2014. If we move to who knows where, I’ll have to wait and see what races are possibilities.
Regardless, June will be a month of lower mileage, focusing on core and strength. July, I’ll start building my mileage back up. August will bring tempo and speed workouts.
Saturday night was the Billy Bowlegs 5K. It starts at 10:30pm. That’s LATE for me! I honestly like to be in bed by 9:30pm! :) Yet this is a big local race and is a lot of fun. Thankfully my training partner, Lisa, ran with me.
I definitely felt pressure going into it being the defending champ. The local running store keeps a HUGE trophy in the store and every year the overall male and female winners’ names are engraved on it. Pretty cool.
Between Lisa and another local girl, Cindy, I knew it’d need to be a good race. Then right as the gun goes off, Lisa points out another girl – “the air force girl” – who beat me Monday at the Gate to Gate race. I have to admit – I cussed loud when I saw her. And also quickly made the decision to go for it and try to go with her.
I hit mile 1 in 5:53. She was about 5 steps ahead of me. I pulled right on her in the 2nd mile, but she surged and opened up her lead a bit. Mile 2 was 6:08. I knew if I ran an awesome last mile I could PR. I can honestly say I fought with everything in me, but I just didn’t have it. Cindy blew by me with about 2/10’s to go in the race. Mile 3 was 6:22 and 18:24. All I could think about at that point was finishing on my own 2 feet. As I neared the finish, it was definitely a let down to see 18:59-19:00. I finished in 19:06.
When I think about 19:06, I know it’s a good time and I should be happy. When I ran my PR in April, the weather was perfect. It was really hot and really humid Saturday night. I guess I just walked away from that race thinking I could have won. Cindy was 18:50 and “the air force girl” was 18:55.
I keep thinking I’ve got to try a 5K where I start out more like 6:10 and then speed up. I just get too dang competitive and go out too hard. EVERY.SINGLE.RACE.
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