I am so behind in blog life. Like, in the I have a 20 page paper due tomorrow and I haven’t started yet kind of behind. I guess I can use a birthday and a quick weekend getaway to Colorado (along with old age) as my excuse, but I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever get pictures of my Grape Stomping Experience up.
As it is, today is Training Tuesday, which has been more like Training Wednesday the past couple of weeks. So I thought I would actually do something on time! (Sidenote: In my career I am a deadline superstar…it just seems that I can’t say the same for my personal life).
On Saturday, Aaron and I ran the Das Hustlehoff 5-K which was part of Denver’s Oktoberfest. This is more of a run in a crazy costume and drink beer at the finish line (if you hadn’t started drinking already) type of race, so it wasn’t super serious. But I won’t qualify for Boston by prancing around the course in a giant toilet costume, plus it was chipped timed and some of the National Running Team actually participated, so I didn’t feel like a complete killjoy in putting forth my best training effort. A few weeks ago I set a goal for myself of a 22 minute finish time, which based on last year’s results, should have put me in the top 10 women finishers.
Up until the last moments of the actual race, I didn’t think I would be able to pull it off.
I am SOSOSOSOSOSO happy to report that I finished my 5-K in 21 minutes and 5 seconds! If a psychic had told me a year ago that I would be running that fast, I would not have believed them. In fact, when Aaron told me at the finish line what my time was, I told him that I didn’t believe him (in between gasps for air and deep exhales to prevent puking…which I seriously thought I was going to do).
I did not feel like I had a strong race. I was expecting complete and utter defeat the whole time I was running. My legs had some weird numb sensation in them, and I couldn’t feel them moving underneath me. And not in a angels carrying me- to the finish line type of way either… It felt more like the clamminess you get right before you faint (if you have been so lucky as to have this experience as I have….in the airport security line) Plus, they didn’t have mile markers so I had no idea where I was or how far I had to go.
I ended up finishing 12th (I would have finished 8th last year if I had run at the same time), which burst all of my hopes and dreams, but it is always pretty awesome to have some really athletic looking chick come up to you after the race, saying that she tried but couldn’t keep up with you. And, I’m pretty excited about improving my 5-K time by 3 minutes since April!
So, it is with that renewed enthusiasm that I continue training for the Half Marathon. As you can tell, we are so not on our training schedule this week. But, the following is what we SHOULD be doing:
TRAINING PLAN WEEK 6
Saturday: 1 hour and 35 minute run
Sunday: 4 mile easy run
Monday: 3 mile easy run, strength training
Tuesday: Hill Intervals: 2 mile warm-up, 8 uphill sprints (quarter-mile long) alternating with downhill recoveries, 2 mile cool-down
Wednesday: 3 mile easy run, strength training
Thursday: 45 Minute Tempo Run (10 minutes warm-up, 25 minutes @ 10-K pace, 10 minute cool-down)
Friday: Rest Day
*NOTE: The pictures are copyrighted by Ski Pix, the official event photographer. You can visit and hire them on their website www.skipix.com. I am probably not supposed to have these on my blog. If you are a Ski Pix person, I am sorry.