Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Great Lakes Expo 5k Race Recap

Usually when I line up for a race, my goals are run as fast as possible, get a PR and/or win an Age Group award. At Sunday's Great Lakes Expo 5k, my goals were don't strain my hamstring and try not to embarrass myself by running too slow.

At least I didn't strain my hamstring :)

My results:

Time: 23:31
Average Pace: 7:35
Overall Place: 103/501
Age Group Place: 8/58

The truth is, I just wasn't feeling up to doing this race either physically or mentally. My right hamstring is still tender from last weekend's race so I was concerned about running too fast and further injuring it. I also couldn't quite conjure up the mental strength I needed to push myself to run closer to my usual 5k pace. I guess you could say I was a weak runner because I couldn't handle the pain when it counted! 

I somehow managed to get an AG medal despite being a slowpoke!

On the plus side, running slower meant I noticed more during the race than I normally would. The course was pretty nice - an out and back along the Oak Leaf Trail - and I actually saw people I know during the turnaround. I waved at Mom and my friends Carrie and Katie as I ran back toward the finish line.  I also noticed quite a few cute boys - who knew there were so many participating in the series! ;)

Naturally, the urge to race/run fast kicked in today - one day late. Hopefully I can carry this feeling through to my next race in mid-February.   

Until then, I'm working on building mileage and will continue strengthening my weak hamstrings. This week's training plan calls for:

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 4 miles easy pace; one hour boot camp class
Wednesday: 6-8 miles easy pace; core work; 4-6 miles cycling
Thursday: 6-8 miles speedwork
Friday: 4 miles easy pace; 4-6 miles cycling
Saturday: 10-12 miles easy pace
Sunday: Rest Day

Anyhow, that's about it in my world! Nothing too exciting and a lot of business as usual :)

Your turn: How was your weekend and did you race or run any miles? What's on your training plan this week?

If you're free on Thursday, join me for some speedwork at the Pettit track!

- ST

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