Distance: 4.5 mi
Time: Speed work
Tonight was one of those nights where my heart was in the right place but I just didn’t feel right. I was sluggish, had no turnover and was really winded after each run. Not sure why, other than it was kinda warm. Still. Any run you can walk away from is a good one!
We ran a 1600 at 5k pace, then 2- 600s with a buddy and then 3- 300s with a buddy. The only good to come out of the workout for me was that I ran my 1600 at 7:00.26. I’m not sure if I could maintain that for a full 5k but it felt comfortable. Next week will be the acid test as we run another 1600, this time at mile pace…! I would really like to get around 6:45. Hopefully it will be cooler and I will feel better.
I think my next goal after finishing the marathon is to try to beat 22:00 for a 5k. I think it’s possible with more speed work if I can lose a bit more weight. I am going to try to achieve this goal by the St. Paddy’s Day 5k in March. This was my first race back after an 11 year hiatus from running and I ran a 26:13. I think knocking 4 minutes off of my 5k time in a year is pretty impressive, if I can do it!
I am really trying hard to focus now on life AFTER the marathon. Last time I just stopped running, then I got hurt. I want to make running a lifelong thing so I am really trying to make these races and big milestones a MEANS more than an END. And… I have to admit… I have been seriously thinking about triathlon/duathlons as well in the upcoming years. Not the long ones, maybe just the sprint distance. But still, it looks like fun! I just need to rob a few banks or sell a kidney or two to pay for the bike/pool membership/clothing… etc. *sigh*
…anybody got a yard they need mowed?
… will work for bike shorts…