I ran the Mini 10K on Saturday, but that isn’t all that I did last week and a huge reason why this race turned out not to be much of a race for me.
This might not seem a lot for some people (or most of you), but I haven’t done any speedwork or strength training in a few months, so I am definitely feeling the effects of it.
Tuesday: Upper/Lower ST
Wednesday: Week 2 of the Al Goldstein 5K series, in which I knocked off a good 12 seconds from 2 weeks before.
Hell UXF Class
Saturday: Mini 10k
Okay, so yeah this doesn’t seem like anything know that I look back on it, but my body was INCREDIBLY SORE from that UXF class on Thursday. Seriously, I was really sore up until today and even still my arms are still a bit stiff and sore. But, more on this class later…I’m taking class #2 tomorrow, so I’m sure I will have more to say about it after another intense session.
Back to the “race”. I thought I had it in me to PR, a simple 8:45 pace average, or so I thought. I started off around the 9 minute range and was hoping to pick it up in the second half. I enjoyed running up Central Park West for a mile or so, it was a nice change and mostly flat. I even did okay over Harlem Hill, but it was mile 4 that really killed me and destroyed my mentality for the rest of the race. I was certainly struggling physically as well!
I came back a bit in the 5th mile and even though I knew there would be no PR, I still didn’t want to have a crappy (for me) time. I’ve been doing great with finishing races strong lately, but this was just a disaster. I felt so discouraged and out of shape!
Afterwards, I reflected for a bit and realized that I definitely should not have expected a PR today, was I crazy? Apparently.
Not only did I have an intense week of exercise, but that combined with doing things every night after work last week and getting minimal sleep has left me exhausted. I’m still exhausted, I don’t feel like I’ve caught up on anything.
Also, looking back on my splits, they don’t seem all that bad, I mean, I would be more than happy with them if this was just a training run. I finished in 57:35 and somehow ended up running 6.32 miles. Did the course come out THAT long to others as well?
So, yeah, it wasn’t the best race, I was disappointed in the end, but then I smartened up and realized I’ve been working hard and should be proud (and that I kind of hate 10Ks). Only 3 more weeks until marathon training officially starts!
*Sidenote: I am pumped for the Olympics to start! If you have cable, I am coming over to watch! Anyone having an Olympics party?
What’s your 10k PR? Do you like racing 10ks?