This past holiday weekend marked a series of milestones: my first sub-8:00 race pace (not counting the Northport Nautical Mile I did in June), first time running two races in one week, first trail race, first race without headphones. And, now that I think about it, first Thanksgiving without my mom. It’s so weird when life changes, but I guess that’s just what life does.
I did an upper body workout this morning: Fitness Blender’s good old “Bored Easily” series, in which no set is repeated throughout the routine. I like those. Although I am feeling like maybe I should start switching it up by doing completely different routines by completely different people on different websites and so forth. It’s easy to get stuck in a “rut,” if you can call it that – even when you are working out regularly.
HELLO NEW 5K PR!!! This morning I ran the Greenlawn Fire Department, Engine Company, Halloween 5K and was really pleased with not only the race, the organizers, and the weather (upper 50s, sunny but shaded by lots of trees on the course), but my 25:06 finish (8:05 pace). I beat my last 5K, which was 3 weeks ago, by 20 seconds.
My last three 5K races show a steady improvement:
Commack 5K, Aug. 12 – Time 26:39 / Pace: 8:34
Elwood 5K, Oct. 1 – Time 25:26 / Pace 8:12
Greenlawn 5K, Oct. 21 – Time 25:06 / Pace: 8:05
I don’t know if it’s the whole 7 hours of sleep I got last night or the fact that I wore new racing shoes this morning, but I did what I’m pretty sure is my fastest 5K training run of all time with an average pace of 8:40 (splits: 7:58, 8:50, 8:53, 7:51 for the last 0.1). Those splits are off balance because the first mile is a steady slight downhill while the rest of the run is a mix of hills, mostly up.
Typically my 3-mile runs – which I usually do as close to 5K race pace as possible without going full out – fall somewhere between 8:50 to 9:10 pace. So this is a noticeable improvement. I also might do a local 5K this weekend, so I had that in mind.
I love racing. It makes me nervous and I breathe real hard and get all sweaty and sometimes a cramp will make me feel like someone is stabbing me in the side of my stomach, but I also get to eat a lot, and, in the case of this morning’s race, set a new PR!
Elwood Endowment Education 5K
Chip time: 25:26