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I have running on my brain. Shocking to no one. I think it’s pretty safe to say that my brain fluctuates between two categories of thought – running and eating. Since I have gushed about my love of all things
edible food yesterday, I thought today would be a good day to recap the Stamford Boys & Girls Corporate 5K I ran last Thursday. As well as some random running related links thrown in for good measure.
Before I get to the 5K recap, let’s talk briefly about these two RunnersWorld Links:
1. #RWRunStreak: So basically RunnersWorld is promoting a streak where you run at least 1 mile a day, everyday, from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July (41 days).
While I really enjoy running, and I would LOVE to be part of this streak (I am currently a member and have run every day since Monday), I’m not sure if it’s the best thing for me to buy into.
I haven’t started training for my fall marathon, and I feel like my body will absolutely need a break between now and July 4th. What I
think know I would struggle with is that even though I would just need to run a mile, I would be running a lot more than that.
2. RW Time Predictor: When I found this link the other day I was pretty intrigued. Coming off a bit of a post-5K PR high, I wanted to see what my predicted marathon finish time would be.
Based on this, I should be running a 1:31:05 half marathon (last half marathon was a PR at 1:30:58) which is alarmingly accurate, and I should be running around a 3:09:54 marathon.
Basically all this link did was make me want to run another marathon ASAP. I had a great race in Boston but with better conditions, I think I would’ve run considerably faster. I’m not making excuses and I am very happy with my time, but after the race, I felt like I had a faster finish in me.
I’m hoping that this little internet calculator (assuming all things perfect with no changing extraneous factors, AKA not the real world) is correct, and I see a PR in NYC. I haven’t begun training yet, so I think it’s a bit early to declare a time goal, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t want a PR.
3. Stamford Boys & Girls Corporate 5K: 1st Female, 35th Overall, 19:48
This is the first 5K I’ve raced in a really long time. I honestly don’t know when the last time I ran a timed 5K. College? I’m also fairly certain this is the first time I’ve run one in under 20 minutes. #PRCity
I signed up the Tuesday before the race. It was a last minute decision, but I decided to go for it since my main focus this spring/summer is to work on short distance speed. Another huge perk was it was a mile from my apartment. All about that connivence.
The course winds through downtown Stamford, but all the twists and turns made me relatively nervous going into the run.. My favorite courses are point-to-point or out and backs. Turns aren’t really my friend, and as fas as I’m concerned, I’m far too clumsy to be trusted with such athleticism.
It was colder and much windier than I expected, so I ended up throwing on a quarter zip over my t-shirt. I usually hate racing in long sleeves, but I hate being cold even more.
I had low expectations going into the race. I had run 7+ miles that morning, so figuring I was running on tired legs, I was mentally prepared to be extremely pleased with anything around 21 minutes. I started up near the front and saw a local running friend, Shanna (Hi!), which was a nice way to pass the time before the race started. BF was also running so I had him to keep me company : ) .
The race started right at 7:00pm and off the bat BF took off and was gone. My legs were slow to get moving but I settled into a comfortable pace. I find 5Ks to be so challenging because it’s hard for me to find a pace that I can push and hold for 3+ miles. Not fly and die like my usual game plan. I wanted to run hard, but also feel comfortable doing so, and because of my knee pain the previous day, I wanted to start out somewhat conservatively.
When I hit the first mile I was
shocked surprised to hit it around 6:24. I saw three women in front of me and slowly started to gain on them. I passed the first right after mile one marker, and the other two right before mile two. It was right around the second mile when BF came into my sights and I knew I had to make my move! Mile 2 = 6:27. After the second mile I got nervous that I was about to crash and burn. I kept focusing on my breathing, and played Power by Kanye West on repeat. Mile 3 = 6:26. I pushed the last .12 miles at a 6:00 pace (UGH why couldn’t you read 5:XX!?) and finished in 19:48.
I am pleased with how the race felt, and that I was able to hold consistent mile splits for the entire race. I think this race gave me confidence and reassured me that, although I haven’t done a speed workout since mid March, I still have some of my fitness and speed from before Boston. My legs were definitely tired the next morning. Slightly heavy, but not as sore as I expected.
I wish I had some half way decent race photos to share, but I don’t. I am not exaggerating at all when I say I look asleep when I crossed the finish line… But that’s neither here nor there… I would like to continue to run shorter, faster races this summer to help me build my speed and endurance for NYC this fall.
What are your thoughts on buying into the #RWRunStreak?
Do you trust race predictors?
Anyone racing this summer? I don’t have any goal races planned, but am hoping to add a few shorter races as tune-ups and check-ins with my training.