PR or ER- my Summer of Speed!
So my Summer of Speed has come to an end! Was it what I expected? NO 🙁 Was it what I had trained for? NO 🙁 Sometimes you have to make tough decisions. Funny this was my calendar pop up today as I was preparing for this post.
The Watermelon 5K Series is hosted by the Lakeland Runners Club. The course is beautiful and basically flat. You run around Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland. The races start at 7am so yes we are out to see the sunrise. If you are a college sport fan you may have heard of the Florida Southern Mocs, their campus sits on this lake as well. The series is made up of 4 runs and only costs $40! A nice tech running shirt is yours before race #4!
I had decided at the beginning of the summer this would be the series that I would train and finally see a finish under 30 minutes! I dusted off the old training program from Run the Edge and this time added intervals, tabata and yoga 🙂 So instead of 3 runs per week I planned to complete 4. I am also training for my next half in September so I am thinking this plan will work perfectly.
Race #1 my daughter and I are ready! Whew! Ok, that took a little doing, but a nice finish. Remember this is central Florida so I did not run a race in under 95% humidity all summer. We have 3 more weeks until race #2. I am further in my training program and my distance is increasing! I am finally starting to see negative splits! I thought you all made that stuff up! Race #2 earns me a PR! 30:27! I am loving it! Race #3 comes and the hubby had been out of town all week and of course comes home the evening before. I may have had more wine than I should have and my time goes back up. Lesson learned! Then comes lovely race #4. 6 days post sting ray encounter and 2 days post kitchen knife incident. What do you do? PR or ER? I made sure that foot was bandaged tightly and my daughter and I went to the last race! I did not know what to expect. The stitches of course are healing and my foot is still swollen but the horn blows and I am off! The legs felt great! Duh, I have rested for days and I don’t feel pain in my foot but I am not crazy! Slow and easy I remind myself, we are just looking to finish! Finish I did! I copied my series results below from the coolrunning website.
Watermelon Series Race #1
Watermelon Series Race #2
Watermelon Series Race #3
Watermelon Series Race #4
I finished 8th in my age group out of 28. So how does that compare to my previous years? 2014 I finished 7th out of 26 with a total of 2:06:42, that is a 2:24 decrease! 2013 was my first running year. I had finished the Couch to 5K program and this series was the first race I had run the entire 5K without stopping or walking. In 2013 I finished 9th out of 20 with a total time of 2:14:17. So in 2 years I have shaved off 9:59! I may not have reached my sub 30 goal but I am happy with those numbers!
What does this mean? The temperatures will drop, the humidity will decrease and my foot will heal and I will fly! 🙂 Bring on the fall runs, I will be ready!
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