Intensity and focus increased this week as a result of my last couple 5Ks and my first 10K of this year. Here’s what that looked like.
Switched up the training as a result of my last couple 5Ks. This run had several different paces, ranging from recovery to 600m. So my recent 5Ks have revealed that I am useless at gauging pace. In my last two 5Ks, my fastest and slowest miles have been 1:11 (!) and 38 seconds apart. IKR? Up to now my training paces have been “by feel”: recovery (don’t try at all, slow down, slow down!), base (easy but with a little pep), tempo (comfortably uncomfortable), and track (kill me now). I don’t really look at my watch until the end. But the last two weeks I have been looking, and wow, what a rude awakening. I am all over the place! Hopefully the more I practice pacing, the better I will be at racing. See second photo for my method for remembering all the different paces – does anyone else do this? I am ridiculous.
Track Thursday! 1000s and then closed it out with a 600. I am listening to an “Everything You Need To Know About The 5K” podcast, and it’s packed with very very bad news. Confession: As a marathoner, I was not only a little snobby about the 5K, but I also severely underestimated the skill and work required to race it. Obviously I can complete the distance, but according to this podcast, if you are properly running the 5K you should be pretty much redlining the whole time, tiptoeing that line where you’re up against lactic threshold but never crossing cuz then it’s too late (what I’ve been experiencing blowing up in my last 2K). What?!? Who signs up for this?!? What is wrong with me?!!!? 😂 Well, I do love a challenge. Ha. 🏃🏾
I had 8 miles on my schedule, so I hopped into the C∙A∙T∙S Victory for Victims 10K on Saturday. Finished 1st in my age group, 10th woman overall. Yay.
But the main reason I wanted to do this event is because all race proceeds went to support an important organization: CATS — the Center for Assault Treatment Services at Northridge Hospital. CATS is the only 24/7/365 days a year program in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys providing forensic medical evidentiary examinations and interviews at no cost to the child and adult victims of domestic, sexual assault, abuse and human trafficking. If you or someone you know needs their services, here is the link: https://www.supportnorthridge.org/what-we-support/center-for-assault-treatment-services. If you want to support this org, there is also an option to donate.
Total Miles: 30
Long Run: 8 miles