Cooler day first half of the run with Dave and the boys. Incorporated 6 big hills and tried to work on long fast strides.
Yesterday we ran after we let our dinner (homemade pizza with shrimp, olives and mushrooms) settle. I had 5.5 on my 10 K plan but hubs was sticking to his 3 mile plan for 5K training. We started out at a good clip and muscle man was doing great!! He pushed the jogger our entire run. We went to the training hill and I hit it twice without stopping, VICTORY!!! Blaine ran up and down with me. He was SPRINTING down next to me and I said "Honey slow down you will fall." He replied quickly, "I am fast Mommy, I won't fall." Oh that kid is an ATHLETE..
We had planned to depart for the last .5 so I could finish up my mileage on the sidewalks, but hubs asked that I drop him off in our neighborhood.. He said I am his inspiration to keep going.. Gotta love that. So I dropped off the boys and did a quick 1.5 mile loop back home. It was a GREAT RUN. Just near my house there was a tiny little guy riding a bike with training wheels with no parent in site. Mommy mode kicked in, I wanted to stop and move him off the road. Just as I slowed I saw a Mom in the distance, PHEW!! Home and time to stretch, my left knee and right shin were a little sore today. I tested some Balega socks today with adorable pink detail, more details soon..
My next race Railroad Days 10K is now just a couple short weeks away and I am VERY excited to test out the 10K distance. From what I have heard it is HARD, mainly because you need the speed of a 5K and the endurance of the longer races. I have TRIED to follow the training plan but I just can't seem to fit running in 5 days a week. Maybe now that the weather is cooling down it will be more tolerable. I know I have the potential to be FAST! If I could only get back my 19 year old legs back (19:30 5K legs)...oh well maybe I will get there again.
Since I have never run a 10K, I opted to use the advice of the McMillan Running Calculator to estimate my goal time.. (Try it HERE) I crunched the numbers based on my half Marathon time in May 1:43:39. My Marathon time was not a good indication of my potential, it was a BAD running day.
The results say that I should be able to do the 10K in 46:35 at a pace of 7:29 per mile or 4:39 per K. Hmmmm? What do you think?
Being the competitive lady I am, I checked the results from the Railroad Days in 2008. With a time of 46:35, assuming everyone ran the same, I would place 5th for my age group, 19th for women and 61st overall. Not too shabby for my first 10K. So my goal on August 22nd is 46:33...give or take a few seconds..
Do you set goals for all of your races?