So I wanted to test my speed while in the initial stage of ketosis (19 days) and jumped into a 5k. My whole family signed up for the Gobble Wobble 5K which is held the morning of Thanksgiving. I know it is early in the ketosis process, but it would establish some kind of bench mark. It was a gorgeous day and the temperature was perfect – about 35 degrees at the start. And I saw some friends, “Hey Jill!”
Well, I ran 22:25 which is about a 7 min pace, but it wasn’t much of a test for a number of reasons.
Now for the excuses:
- I am still in the 1st weeks of ketosis; it is the transition period and was expected that I would be slow.
- Tuesday I did some speed work and it was the fastest I have run in months I averaged 6:30 for 2 miles over a 7.5 mile run. *remember I blew my ham about 6 weeks ago and took a month off. My calves have been sore for two days and I almost decided not to run, but last minute I could not resist.
- It was a double loop. So by the time I finished the first loop, the walkers started getting in my way and there were hundreds of them.
- Here is the big one, I ran while pushing my son in the stroller. I did win the stroller division. My son loved it though, but man it took a lot out of me. The hardest part was weaving in and out of the rest of the runners. Holding that pace really torqued my cardio too; I don’t think I could have run any faster – today and it was my slowest stroller 5K ever. My shoulders and wrists really hurt, but the last time I ran with the stroller, was at least three years ago.
Overall, I was quite winded after the race and took me a while to recover, maybe twenty minutes. I sat and watched my kids play in the park for at least ten minutes. I was getting anxious though, my body was craving food which is not very typical these days. I generally could go all day without eating. So I pushed for going out to breakfast and we went to iHop. I shared a half of a meat lovers omelet AKA Colorado Omlet with my wife. I figure there are about 5 carbs in a Colorado Omelet and I ate half, which is still quit low. Normally, I would eat the whole darn thing and would worry about it, but had Thanksgiving dinner to plan for.
My next 5k is in 23 days, and I will race that one for sure. I am hoping for a sub 18, we will see.