Blurg. Can’t think of a damn creative title.
I’ve had some really great and really lackluster runs since my race a little over a week ago. I realized that there was something wrong with how my Garmin footpod was measuring runs on the treadmill, so I headed to the local college track to get the thing recalibrated. I’m a little functionally stupid, so it actually took me multiple trips to the track before I was satisfied that the footpod was correct. We had our first snow here last night, so it was important to me that I get it set for the days I end up running on the treadmill.
The upside is that I really enjoyed my track runs. Also, I’d run around the college campus before when I was training with a Fleet Feet team last winter, but I had a lot more fun doing it on my own between track circuits. It’s quite hilly there, and on Friday I did a hill repeat workout on an incline between 6-12%, with 8 repeats at a 5k pace or faster. Ouch. Hill repeats are my least favorite workouts, but I nailed this one.
Saturday I ran a 10k with a friend and her younger brother and it was a blast. The race was advertised as “mostly flat with one small hill.” Uh, not so much. Here’s the course elevation:
My friend did awesome, as did her brother. It was her first 10k and his first race ever. He even managed to snag first place in his age group (although he was the only one in his age group, lol. A win is a win.) I ran ahead a few times to snap pictures of them running, including some fun ones of them crossing the finish line.
Although we ran the race at slower than my recovery pace, I think I wasn’t really over my tough Friday workout because yesterday’s 11 mile long run was kind of crappy. I felt like I was running faster/working harder than the 10 min/mile pace I had for the first 5 miles. I swear I thought my Garmin GPS wasn’t turned on or something. But it was. 😦
I did begin to negative split after 5 miles to average 9:40 for the whole trek, ending with an 8:57 mile. My legs just had zero gas. I also have some sort of calf strain going on, although I don’t think that contributed to my molasses-like pace. I’m trying not to be discouraged by it because most of my runs in the last few weeks have been better than I expected. There will be days when things don’t come together, and my goal half marathon is over two months away.
I also ran with my Girls on the Run running buddies last week. It was an interesting experience. We have our group 5k this weekend. Because I have two buddies, I’m not sure how I’m going to handle running with the both of them. We have 3 loops to run, so I could potentially go back and forth. The two girls run at vastly different speeds, and last week I stuck with the one who seemed to struggle more, but then I felt horribly guilty for not splitting my time with my other buddy better. I talked with the group leader, and she was going to try to figure something out to make it work a little better.
Today seems like a day to hide under the covers, but I’ve got to go meet my personal trainer then slog out a 40-60 minute run.