Last week I took SIX DAYS of complete rest. Well, minus a couple of walks with Princeton, but you get it. It was kind of awesome and I really just think my body needed it after the Vancouver marathon. I’m not one of those people that can get back into a serious running routine after a big race. I know some people who can run multiple marathons a month but I am just not there yet, and may actually never be. I’m not sure if my body will ever be able to handle that kind of distance and I am okay with it. A few marathons a year is plenty for me!
Yesterday I ran the Sporting Life 10K… I had signed up for this race well before knowing I would be running a marathon just a week before so I had no expectations but to run, not “race”. I thought my legs were 100% so I was excited to just go out and have a fun race in the sun (finally – sun!). I drove to the start, parked my car, and jogged for a mile just to warm up a bit before the race. My left quad started to fire like crazy during my warm up and I was taking it super easy so I’m not exactly sure what was going on. It was probably just mad at me and wanting me to take another week to be lazy and eat candy. I met up with Robyn real quick, snapped a photo in our matching Sunskis and Mizuno arm warmers, and off we went in our corrals.
I wasn’t going to wear my Garmin but I put it on anyway and decided at the last second that I would turn it on BUT about a mile into the race I rolled my arm sleeves down and covered it. I told myself just to go out there and have a good time so I didn’t want to focus on numbers and attempt a PR. I set a 10K PR just a few weeks ago that I was still ecstatic about plus I had just run a marathon so I wanted this 10K to remain goal-less. Just get to the finish with a smile. That’s all that was in my plan.
There was a clock at the 5K mark and I got there in 22:54 (ONE second slower than when I crossed the 5K mark at the Toronto Yonge Street 10K when I PRd) so I totally could have tried for a PR…but I didn’t. I finished in 47:17 and I’m pretty happy with that. I’ll get my sub-45:00 soon…on a day when I have fresh legs, not post-marathon legs.
P.S. get the app called “snapseed” – it makes your pictures look like a PARTY.
I don’t have much else to say about this race. It’s the same course as the Yonge Street 10K – flat/downhill – so it’s ideal if you want to try for a PR. There were over 21,000 runners so if you like big races with a lot of energy, this one’s for you. The medals are always pretty unique and most importantly – the race supports Camp Ooch, a camp dedicated to providing amazing experiences to children affected by cancer. You can read a little more about it here.
Now let’s talk SUMMER PLANNING!
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’d like to do/where I’d like to be training-wise over the next few months. I am not running another marathon until the fall so I’m going to spend the spring and summer working on strength and speed. I’m going to keep up with Marathon Monday posts even though the next one isn’t for a while because everything I do from now until then is still preparing me for another 26.2. Plus it allows me to recap my training and talk about things I learn, think about, how I am progressing, etc.
I have no really big races to worry about until SeaWheeze in August (which I am hoping to set a new half marathon PR) so I’m really going to spend some time focusing on getting my legs super strong and pushing myself during speed sessions. I might actually join a serious run group this summer to help me step out of my comfort zone. We can all run faster than we think. Sometimes we just need people to chase or people yelling mean things at us.
So I still plan on running, but my mileage will be a little lower. Long runs are still in the picture but will probably be capped at 13-15 miles (once a week) and I am going to be more dedicated to building some legs and buns of steel that can drive me during speed work! Time to pick up the pace…and weights! Of course some easy runs, cross training, and all that jazz will be thrown in the mix too, but a lot of what I do will basically be focused around getting stronger and faster.
Whoop whoop! Can’t wait to build a plan and get started!
Hope all you mothers out there had a Happy Mother’s Day!
What are some goals you hope to achieve over the next few months??