0:57:53 chip time PR; met < 60 minute goal, didn’t quite meet the 55 min training plan goal
Perfect day, sunny, temps around 7-10 deg. I hit the 5k mark at a bit under 28 mins, but also hit all the hills after and thus ended up with a chip time of 57 mins and 53 seconds.
After the fact: I maybe should have gone out a little slower and pushed harder in the second half. Of course, easier said than done. At that time, I probably just wanted to cut off the course and go home (the 7k marker is 2 blocks from my home). But I’m mostly happy… would have been nice to have run closer to 55 mins but it was kind of a pipe dream anyhow. I’m just amazed that I got through this training program without serious injuries. Should not have done it, really, but I’m kind of a nut that way sometimes.
The race was well run, volunteers at frequent points on the road. A lot of participants – I think around 1600 in total, with 752 finishers in the 10k. Being Oktoberfest, the post race food that wasn’t fruit or bagels was primarily meat on a carb, so I had half a bagel and an apple. Whatever, I wasn’t there for the food. Then I jogged most of the way home and walked the last two blocks, then wanted to collapse.
Sadly, I then drove to mississauga and then had band practice upon return to waterloo, resulting in a really tired me on Monday. I was going to do a 2mile recovery run on Monday but ended up telling the run to go take a hike. I’m kind of excited for my winter training though… not much speedwork, just planning to get myself to a consistent 30-40 mile base by next Feb, when I start my HM training for the May Mississauga Marathon. I have a trianing schedule that I’m going to tweak for the HM. I want to run only on 5 days because I’m lazy and a wimp.
Did I tell you how much I hate interval runs? I’ve never done a tempo run but I’m planning to put them into my HM training. Oh hey look, I found a level 5 plan in this random book I got from the library that looks a bit more do-able than the level 6 plan. Great, I can be less crazy now.
Long-term goal: run a half in 1:45. I threw my 10k into the Daniels and Mcmillian calculators and they predict a 2:07 to 2:10 for a HM if I were to, say, jump into a training program now. I think I’ve promised myself not to try a marathon until I can run a half in 1:45. I may have to try a marathon for kicks before that… just to get a feel. But I don’t really know if I’ll enjoy racing 26.2 miles.
I get the idea that eventually, i’ll jus stick to 5k/10k. The 10k distance, when racing, seems a LOT longer than 10k when I’m just doing a nice, casual, steady run. Lame.