This week was far less eventful than last, without any babies or travel. I did have a good week of running, though, despite it being much less blue/green than previous weeks. I had my standard long-run Sunday, ran a race on Memorial Day, and did a workout on Thursday. By Saturday, I was pooped.
Sunday: This wasn’t an entirely standard Sunday run, in that I went to one of the most indulgent breakfast spots in town - named Gravy, if that offers any clue - before I ran. I had earned a good late morning after all the excitement from last week. Once my breakfast sandwich — egg over medium, with sweet peppers and veggie sausage — had a chance to digest, I got my big miles in for the day.
Monday: Race day! I signed up for a 10k a couple of weeks ago. Based on results from previous years, it didn’t appear to be overly competitive, but I figured it was a good opportunity to do some faster work. I haven’t done any workouts, really, since March. Once I got to the race, I did my warm-up run on my own and did the usual, surreptitious sizing-up of the competition. I planned on just sticking with whoever took the lead.
Well, once the race started, it turned out that was me! I wound up running the full race on my own, and winning in a time of 34:36. My mile splits were: 5:27, 5:26, 5:35, 5:57, 5:31, 5:41, and 58 for the last .2 mi. The first two to three miles had a nice slow downhill, and although I was enjoying it and taking advantage of gravity, I knew I’d have to make it up at some point. That came in mile 4. Ouch! I was happy to see the course flatten out for the last 2.2 miles…
I was certainly satisfied with the result of the race - who doesn’t like winning?? - but it also showed that there’s a lot of work still to be done. Ideally, by November, I will be able to maintain a pace pretty close to that 10k pace for the full marathon. I’m glad I still have 5 months to go..
Tuesday/Wednesday: Taking it relatively easy, feeling kind of beaten up from all the work of a long run, followed by a race on Monday.
Thursday: Feeling a little pressure from the race, I decided to do a workout on my own in Forest Park. I ran 8x800 with 35-40 seconds rest. It was TOUGH. My times averaged around 2:38, and by the end my calves were just about calcified. The beer that night tasted fantastic.
Friday/Saturday: Curious what the hell I was thinking by doing a workout on Thursday. Sheesh… I’m tired!
I closed out the month of May with the best mileage so far this year (see below), and I think it’s only going up from here. I’ve clearly got a lot of work left, but I’m feeling motivated, healthy, and strong. The chart below shows how many miles I’ve run each month this year, with the number on top showing the average miles/day for the month. Looking good!