And that bang? That was my confidence being shot. Point blank.
I realize I’ve been lazy about updating my little Upcoming Races thingy. Well, it’s updated. —->
Unfortunately I’ve also been lazy about doing any sort of meaningful speed-work since the Shamrock Half back in March. Which will make things interesting for the two races I have on tap for this month.
First up? A hilly 10K this Saturday at the Capital City Classic.
I’ll be honest: I’m pretty terrified. 10K is probably my least favorite distance, and I don’t feel properly trained to take this one on, especially with its challenging course.
On the plus side: my post-college 10K PR is low-hanging fruit at 47:55. (This is indicative of how much I suck at 10Ks, or how infrequently I attempt them, or both.) Assuming I don’t totally blow up on Saturday, I should be able to smash that. (I came through 6.2 at 46-something at my last half. Sub-45 would be peachy, but I’m not sure it’s realistic on those hills.)
Also on the plus side: free mimosas at the finish, which is only a few blocks from my apartment. Good for celebrating – or for drowning one’s sorrows. Either way, it’s a plus.
But it’s still a wretched distance to race and I know it’s going to hurt. Ugh.
Hopefully I’m not still reeling by the time I hop a plane to NYC a couple of weeks later for the Brooklyn Half Marathon!
I can’t believe I haven’t been back to New York since we pulled away in the moving truck last August. I’ve been trying to make this trip happen for a while, so I’m excited to finally get back!
As for the race…um, I have no idea. I’d like to think I can at least get under 1:40, which would be non-embarrassing. It would be awesome to slip under 1:38, which I missed by one second at Shamrock, but seeing as my pace-work has been non-existent since then, I have no idea what that kind of effort will feel like, or whether I’ve truly lost any of that fitness by chugging along at a maintenance effort for the last two months. We’ll see, I guess.
Regardless, it will be a kick-ass weekend of catching up with old friends and teammates. 13.1 miles of pain can’t rain on that!
So that’s what I’ve been shaking in my sneakers about over the last few weeks. I had hoped I’d end the spring racing “season” feeling fitter and more confident then I did in January, but I’m not sure that I do. Meh.
Following these two races, I’m thinking I’ll take a little time off, then spend the summer playing around at these weekly track meets, seeing as longer races are pretty much out of the picture around here until autumn.
1500s and 800s sound pretty appealing right now. Just gotta get through this last stretch of longer stuff first….
Today’s EAT: Cooking dinner for myself tonight was a big fat hell-to-the-no. I finished my workout and realized that the few food items loitering in the fridge were past their prime – and that the hubs had taken our shared vehicle for the evening.
I could order pizza, or I could take myself out to dinner. I opted for the latter.
A salad and a beer, consumed from my semi-regular post at the bar down the block. I actually intended to get this salad with chicken. But when I was ordering, I got distracted by my efforts to convey no-blue-cheese-please (seriously, if I wanted mold on my dinner I would have just eaten the shit in my fridge) and forgot to ask for it. But it was actually just fine without. The pistachios and shredded cheddar (moldy cheese alternative) provided plenty of substance.
Today’s DRINK: I had a pint of Fullsteam Rocket Science IPA with my salad:
(It’s the tap in the middle. Wow, that’s a crappy picture. Sorry.)
Anyway, this IPA was pretty solid. Very earthy, with a little bit of citrus and a flavor that was almost like fresh-cut grass. Bitter, but delicious.
Today’s RUN: After taking the day off yesterday on account of my geriatric back pain, I tested the water this morning with an easy 4-miler.
And it felt fine. Still a little sore, off and on today, but better than yesterday.
So I decided to squeeze in a few more miles in the evening in the form of a semi-speed workout. You know, to try to get ready for that dratted 10K on Saturday. Better late than never, right?
It was still in the mid-80s as the sun set, so I hit the treadmill and, after a quick half-mile warm-up, banged out three mile repeats at (wishful thinking) 10K pace: 6:57, 6:56, 6:49. I guess if I ran a flat 10K in an air-conditioned gym….
On Saturday, I’ll be aiming for a slightly more conservative pace. More like 7:10-7:15. But it was a nice little confidence boost to be able to get through those three sub-7 intervals without feeling like I was going to die.
Total for the day: 8.1 Tomorrow: it’s supposed to be 60 and rainy. Praise the weather gods – I will be splashing joyfully through the puddles in my (brand new, lily white) running shoes!
Today’s QUESTION: What’s on your race calendar? Is the season gearing up or winding down in your neck of the woods?