The 5K turned out to be a lot of fun. It was cold, which made everyone get off to a pretty quick start. I got held up behind a group of walkers for a little while, but I was able to break out into a run within the first two blocks. My sister got out in front of me within seconds of us starting the race. True to her character, she didn’t even look back to see where I was (but also true to her character, she waited by the finish line to watch me cross). She finished in a little over 27 minutes. I finished in about 31 minutes. I was able to keep a very even pace the whole time.
It’s a good distance to start from while I’m (re)training for a 10K. I’ve gotta remind myself to stretch more, though. My muscles were extra tense because of the cold, and I didn’t compensate for that in my stretching. I felt fine all day Saturday, but I woke up with sore legs on Sunday. I’m doing fine today, though.
I really don’t feel ready for the 5K this Saturday. I haven’t run at all since Sunday. I can’t believe that I’m back to where I was a couple of years ago, when any run that was over a mile seemed positively long.
I suppose I should revise what I want to do for this race on Saturday. I should probably tell my sister that while it was very sweet of her to want to run this race with me, I’m definitely not going to be able to keep up with her! If I go into this thinking of it as “running and walking my way through 5K,” I’ll probably do a lot better. And then I can work my way toward being a decent 10K runner again.
There’s a women’s 5K in a little less than two weeks (March 25), and I’ll be running in it with my sister. “Yay! I’ll have someone to run with!” she said after I agreed to sign up. Well. I hardly think I’ll be able to keep up with her, but maybe we’ll be able to stay side by side for the first mile or so. Anyway, I think it’s reasonable to say that I’ll be able to cover 3.1 miles at once, particularly if I do run-walk intervals. I worked on that this weekend—I went out on Sunday and did about a 2-mile route of run-walk intervals. I don’t have much speed right now, but that’s okay. I’m really looking to improve my endurance and my general fitness before anything else.
The best thing, though, is that today I’m not sore! I probably won’t run today, but I think I’ll try for a run tomorrow, and another day of non-soreness.
Well. After a couple months of not running, but rather doing little exercise beyond sit-ups and walking with my dog twice every day, I’m trying to get back into running again. My sister invited me to do a 10K with her last weekend, and I knew I wasn’t ready, so I told her so. I got up early on Saturday morning, though, and ran on a nearby sidewalk in solidarity with my sis. The only difference? She ran 10K in 56 minutes. I ran 2 miles and could do no more. Ugh. Then I came back home, took the dog out for a 20-minute walk, stretched, and took a shower before going to work with my ESL student. All day, I was pleased that I wasn’t sore. And then, around midnight on Saturday, I stood up from a sitting position and… ouch. Soreness. It was worse on Sunday (and extended to my arms and back), and then was going away on Monday. Now it’s Tuesday and I’m wondering if I should try to run after work today. I should probably scale back to about 1.5 miles, see how I feel the next day, and then analyze where to go from there.
The goal is to be able to run a confident 10K again this summer.
Last Saturday, my little sister ran a 10K in 48:52! This means that if I can’t reach my goal of running the same distance in less than 60 minutes, I can’t blame it on a.) our genes, or b.) our short legs. I’m just a little over 5 feet tall, and my sister’s shorter than I am.
Last night it was raining and cold and I couldn’t motivate myself to go make the trek to the gym to use the treadmill. Plus, my dog was being very antsy. So what did I do? I ran laps around the apartment with my dog. Every bit of practice helps, right?
I’ve lapsed in progress in all my running goals on this list. I’ve only run twice in the last three months or so
- once in November and once in late December. I wound up with very angry shins after the December run - and I only went about 2 miles. Lately, I’ve been using my stairclimber machine at home to prepare for running again when it gets a little warmer. I’m going to run a 10K in July, but I feel like it’s going to take from now until then to prepare just for making it those 6.2 miles, much less getting a decent time. We’ll see, though.
The most important thing, I think (and this should be a sub-goal of ALL my running goals), is that I go to a sports medicine therapist before I do any heavy-duty running. For the past two years, I had to quit half-marathon training at exactly the same time (late August) because of a pain in my hip joint at exactly the same place. Even though I may not train for a half-marathon this year, I still need to make sure everything’s okay with my right hip. It hasn’t acted up in a long time, at least.
Right now, my 43 Things seem tragically outdated. I’m working actively on none of them except, perhaps, “live in New York City.” I have a lot of other goals I’m working on, but they’re not documented on the Internet.
I did 10K in 66 minutes yesterday. It could have been a better time had I not had to walk for a good portion of the first mile, due to the race crowds, which included plenty of people who had no intention of doing more than walking the whole thing.
I’m moving past my weekly 10K runs for my half-marathon training, but I’m hoping to enter one or two more 10Ks this year and see if I can get an even 60 minutes or less.
My sister and I ran 5.63 miles in 56 minutes last Sunday. Not bad! If we’d gone for the whole 6.2 miles / 10K at that pace, we would have reached the end at just a little over 60 minutes. My sister said that she’s much more energized on race days and usually has her best times during competitions, so perhaps I’ll be able to hit my 60 minute goal during the race on July 4.