i've got to work on that last mile ...
On Saturday, I ran another 5K. It was in my town for a change, so I decided to add a little extra mileage. I got up a little earlier and ran to the start, about 2.25 miles away.
I took it really slow (especially since I didn't really give my bagel enough time to settle!), running 11-minute miles. I wasn't so sure how this race was going to go!
I cooled down a little bit waiting for the start time, but I was feeling good. I started a little too far back in the pack but managed to pull out of the crowd and find a good pace.
- Mile 1: 8:35
- Mile 2: 8:36
- Mile 3: 8:56 ... getting tired, but I managed to kick it up to a 7:10 pace for the final .1
After chatting with friends and cooling down a bit, I jogged the 2.25 miles (again, slowly) back home, bringing my total mileage to 7.6 for the day. A semi-long run and a 5K PR, all before 10 am!
And guess what I did on Sunday?
Well I ran another 5K, of course!
Local running clubs all around our area host women-only 5Ks as part of a Women's Distance Festival series. (Some clubs have separate races for the guys.) We have a team, and go as a group to many of the races. Our club and one in a neighboring county usually host races back-to-back, and I usually do both of them.
After my fast race on Saturday, I wasn't planning on running too hard. I was chatting with another runner I had met before through her sister. She used to be fast, but had slowed down after an injury and was hoping for a 28-minute 5K. That sounded perfect, so I started out with her.
We felt a little fast, but not too bad. I still felt comfortable. I didn't really realize how fast we were until we hit the first mile.
- Mile 1: 8:29
- Mile 2: 8:43 ... and then we hit what felt like (and may have been) a .75-mile incline. I knew this was a tough race but I forgot that the incline went on for so long! She left me after mile 2 and finished strong. Meanwhile ...
- Mile 3: 9:19 -- not too bad, actually. I felt like I was crawling!
I think I'm going to skip the speed work tomorrow!
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