The last few weeks, I have been gearing up to run a 10k – the Santa Stampede. I wanted to see where I was physically and set up a bench mark for the spring. Honestly, I really haven’t trained for “short” distances, my average run is probably close to 2 hours; I love getting out in the middle of nowhere. Thinking about it, I have only run three 10ks since high school – I am 42. And a handful of 5ks almost all of them with a stroller.
In the fall, I started Tuesday interval workouts, but that only lasted 4 weeks or so before I blew my hammy. I took a month off and a week ago, I ran 6 X 800m followed by a mile run. I ran pretty hard in my intervals, so I assumed my time would be under 40 minutes, but hoping to be closer to 38 minutes. But with that said, I set my goals really high and almost unreachable. I ran 40:24, (19th overall out of 577) which is just over my goal. A huge improvement off my 2011 time exactly one year ago 44:40. I know I could have run faster this year, but last Wednesday I had a core strength workout with my buddy and we always push each other; he was in the race too and ran awesome finishing 2 minutes ahead of me. I was really really sore right up to the morning of the race. I probably shouldn’t have even run, but I took Ibuprofen and tried to forget. I was hurting so much after after that I could barely walk; it wasn’t a smart idea to run. My time wasn’t under 40, but I was hugging it. I really think, that if I was not hurting so much I could have run just under 39. Well, I will try again in a month or two.
Manley side-by-side at the start . . .
I think he was talking to me, but my music was way too LOUD!
Or he is laughing at how funny I looked . . .