5k report

Day 74

I ran the “Run your heart out 5k”.  I was so close to running my heart out. It was 27 seconds away from my personal best. I finished at 24:27 and my best was 24:01 on the same course set on Feb 2017.

I didn’t really get completely out of breath. I was running at 90% about 2/3 of the time. My last mile was kind of in a holding pace.

I didn’t wear my Garmin so I don’t know the exact pace. But based on my feeling, I was pushing hard from zero to the first mile. From the 1st to the second mile I was kind of peaked and had to throttle back a bit. I was still passing people. After the second mile I didn’t pass that many and mostly was just hanging on my pace. A female runner passed me. I wasn’t able to pass her back.

I didn’t stop for water break. I think my muscle was reaching their peak output. I felt my legs were heavy around 2-2.5 miles. Also I was nearly out of breath. I felt I could have pushed a bit more and sustain at a higher pace, but I didn’t push that limit.

Overall I am pleased. I haven’t been this fast since fall of 2017. This makes me happy. I know. I want to surpass my record. I was running at 7:51 min/mile pace and I really want to run faster at 7:00 min/mile pace or lower.

To BQ, I have to do 7:00 pace for 26 miles.

Here and there

Run About – Day 71

I did a run here and there. I know if this keep up I will be in trouble, at least for the first marathon coming April. I am doing about six this year (goal of doing six in six months), doubling the number of last fall. It is not too late to save it. I think if I focus to train the next 8 weeks I can do it.

This weekend I had my first 10k race for this year. I was running near my best time finished at 49:46, about 30 seconds slower than my record. I ran at a good pace, my muscle was fine and my breathing was fine too — at no point was I out of breath. I did stop for water break and that costed me the 30 seconds for a PR. I was not running for a PR though. I didn’t run my heart out. I was running for the love of it. I will run my heart out next week.

Yes it was the coldest race I ever did. I don’t remember even how cold it was. I think by the time I finished it was 22F (-5C?). But I think I run faster when it is cold. I was surprised too the water at the water station didn’t freeze over…but my water bottle was frozen …haha, but that because I left it overnight in the car.

The polar vortex thing finally left us this weekend (after my race).  People were out in T-shirt. I think it went all the way up to 60F (15C?). I did my ‘long’ run in my long sleeves and a pair of shorts. At the end though I felt cold but that was because I did it in the evening. It didn’t finish my long run due to time, trying to finish my run before the Super Bowl start time. (American Football championship game). I missed just the first few minutes.

If you asked me where I was running today, I would say I was runabout on some random hills. No joke, I have pictures to prove.

(Runabout Ln)

(Random Hills Rd)

I never did [get to it]

I read a post from a very wise person. It reminded me if I want to do something, I got to do it immediately or else never. This weekend was basically a waste from a running stand point. I was going to run on Friday afternoon, that got push back to Friday night and that got push to Saturday and Sunday and now Monday. I am kind of disappointed in myself of things I didn’t do.  Continue reading “I never did [get to it]”

First day of the new year

I was blessed to run in a race on the first day of the new year. I signed up for a free 5k race hosted by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. It was a high quality race even though it was free. We got a free technical T-shirt and finisher medal. The race was timed. The course was new to me. A lot of people showed up. The whole city showed up…I think at least couple thousands.  Continue reading “First day of the new year”