T-minus four days to the Freedom 5K. I’ve been working hard all summer to set a new personal record at this race, and I’m PUMPED!
For the last 2+ months, I’ve been doing one long run, speedwork run, tempo run, and easy run per week and averaging 18 – 25 miles per week. I haven’t necessarily met every training goal (speedwork has been the hardest to achieve), but I feel very prepared. If I can’t run a 23:00 5K on Saturday, I don’t think I ever will!
Having a speed goal while training for the marathon has been very helpful because it’s forced me to focus on more than just distance. Working on speed has been fun and challenging. Plus, it helps to mix up my weekly runs… preventing mental burnout is so important in a five-month long training program!
All in all… things are looking up today. In the very least, I’m determined to have a more positive outlook today than I did yesterday.
Woke out, got some writing done, and snacked on some toast with buttah.
Then I decided to set out on a 5.0 mile run. Since my race is on Saturday, tomorrow will probably be my last run before the race. I really want fresh legs!
I set out with one goal: do a warm-up mile, three fast miles, and one cool-down mile. Whenever it felt really hard, I thought, “Push through the uncomfortableness. Push through!” It helps me so much to frame the discomfort of sprinting in terms of "this is uncomfortable” vs. “this is painful.” Pain is BAD! Discomfort is good! (Here’s how I tell the difference between the two).
Along the way, I left four Ripples business cards on the sidewalk, mailboxes, and park benches. 🙂
- Distance: 5.0 miles
- Duration: 46:57
- Mile 1: 9:45
- Mile 2: 9:09
- Mile 3: 8:44
- Mile 4: 8:26 <—so hard!
- Mile 5: 11:10 <—walk/run style
It was a GREAT run!
A very late breakfast:
Raspberries, Greek yogurt, Dorset cereal (a berry and cherry museli), raw oatmeal, sesame cashew, banana, and chia seed mix.
As summer draws to a close, are you gearing up for races or winding down? Every area seems to have a different “race season.” I’m excited to get going with ours!