6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Time for a 5K

Stats for 7/6:
23:24- Time
Miles- 3.11
Pace- 7:31

QUICK first mile, faded a bit the last 2, sore tummy muscles..

I am searching for a race (5K, 10K or possibly a Half Marathon) in August but have not found anything in the budget so far… On an AWESOME note I have Muscle Man 99.9% convinced to run a 5K with me in September on his 33rd birthday (33 is my FAVORITE number, I am a FREAK about it). The race, with 8K and 5K run and a 5K walk, is called "Run Wild" and takes place at Northwest Trek Wildlife park. Northwest Trek is a free roaming style wildlife park aimed to teach people about the local Northwest wildlife. The $25 registration fee helps support Northwest Trek's conservation efforts and includes park admission, a race shirt, and a goodie bag. PERFECT!! And we will get to run past Cougars, Owl and Bears, Oh my!!

Photo from our trip last June..

Added bonus the park is just 10 minute from our house, we can bring the kiddos and have a babysitter for the 22ish minutes we run, then hang with the wildlife and make a family day of it after..

I am in search for a GOOD 5K program to get my legs turning over QUICKLY. If you have any programs you love please let us (me and hubby) know.. On my 5K speedy run yesterday I realized quickly that I will need to do a few things to prepare for the 5K:

1. Work on core strength, I notice my (post babies) TUMMY much more when I am in the faster speeds. My muscles were still a bit sore from the Marathon...OUCH!!

2. Tackle the HILLS without the mental block. My body can do it, my mind says "YUCK I hate hills," which I am convinced slows me down.

3. Find time to hit the track, weights and crosstrain. I am GOOD for the first mile then FADE.. Need to work on my overall speed and muscular endurance (fast twitch) for the shorter distance. I think weights and track work will HELP.

So being the uber-competitive lady that I am I looked up the results from "Run Wild 2008." With the time I ran yesterday (which was slower than race pace) I would have placed 2nd for the Females and 10th Overall (The lady who won posted a 22:58 TOTALLY doable). THAT IS MY KIND OF RACE.. Unless a pack of crazy lady-Kenyan pops up in small town Eatonville, WA (not likely) in the next few months I may have a chance to WIN.. Running with/against hubby, that will speed my booty up even more. CAN'T WAIT!!


Marlene said...

Ooooh, that sounds like such a good race! Great location, cause AND high potential to place or WIN!

If you can run that fast in training, you'll slaughter a 5K in race mode!

robinbb said...

That sounds fun! I am jealous that you may place so high. We have way too many speedies here in Massachusetts. It will be a miracle if I ever win anything other than an age group award.

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

23:24 is a great finishing time! Can't wait to see how you do at the race!

Lacy said...

even if it's not track...simple strides/sprints during runs really helped me. I broke 20 in the 5K this summer...finally. I credit it to the speed training.
I've got the post baby tummy issue...let me know if you find anything that really zaps those stretched muscles

Anonymous said...

that sounds perfect. have fun!

Relentless Forward Commotion said...

I think www.runnersworld.com has some great training programs for fast 5k's. Or, you could just ask them to let the cougars out. That would motivate you to run fast, hee hee :)

Aron said...

were you #33 in basketball?? I was when I played in high school :) LOVE that number!

Velma said...

very cool interview, and I will be sending your book soon. In terms of speed, are there running stores in your area that host speedwork sessions? We have two stores in the area that have summer of speed workout programs. I just got back from 5x1000 - fun times!

Baylee♥ said...

That Trek run sounds freakin awesome!!!!

RunningLaur said...

So wait, is there a fence between you and the animals at least? That could require some really fast running if not!

There are a few running stores local to me that host free 5k's periodically - it might be worth asking around at yours - because free is definitely in the budget for a race fix.

Lynette said...

Oooooh...can we do this one together next year, too?! It sounds like a blast! And the kiddos can come enjoy the animals...I love NW Trek!

Unknown said...

WoooHoooo I think a fast 5K is in your future!

Oz Runner said...

your training run 5K is faster than my race pace...you're already speedy...