10k Time Trial… it really hurt. There is just something so tricky about the 10k for me. The pain from the fast pace usually sets in pretty quickly (ehhh about .5 miles in on Saturday) and you still have a long ways ahead of you to hold that pace. It’s not like the marathon where you ease into the pain the further you go, the pace just kind of hurts from the beginning and you have to hold that for a while.
My team has a 10k course that they use for a time trial to help measure and see where we are currently at fitness-wise. The 10k starts at this bridge below and the first 3.5 miles are rough with uphill/flat but then you are rewarded with 2 miles of cruising fast downhill and then about .7 miles of flat. I hadn’t done speed or trails in a while so my body/legs were feeling fresh and ready to do my best. A girl in our group had a baby just a few months before I had Beck and it was so nice to work together with her for the time trial. I held onto her for 4.2 miles but then fell back but having her for those first 4 miles made me run much faster than I would have done alone.
There is just something about having somebody next to you when you run because you know they are working crazy hard too and they aren’t quitting!
We started with a 3 mile warm-up and then we stopped for a bit for people to use the bathroom and get drinks. I totally meant to take off my long sleeve and tie it around my waist before the speed started but I completely forgot until mile 1 when I was burning up (I get hot so easy when I do speed)! I wanted to stop so bad to take it off ha but just finished off the time trial with it on and took it off the second I finished.
I had my second fastest time (it was my second time doing it ha;). It would be easy to be discouraged thinking it was almost three minutes slower than the last time I did it but that is a miserable way to live (comparing yourself to others or your previous self) so I’ll just use it as my goal to chase down and cheer myself on for it being my second fastest time;)
Miles 12-14 felt like the final two miles of a marathon for me. At one point in the cool-down I sent a text to Andrew to come pick me up but the above friend I paced with during the speed workout pepped me up to running to her car and then told me she would drive me home;)
The entire run was incredibly hard for me but I’m excited to have an idea now of where I am for when I race a 10k in June… I gave it my all yesterday so let’s see what 8-9 more weeks of training will do!
We found a drinking fountain that was open on our run! The only one of these that I have seen working over the last year is an outdoor one… it felt so weird to be able to use a drinking fountain indoors!
It’s so fun for me to see and hear about how everyone fuels their runs. There is always quite the assortment of fuel and I think the Swedish Fish definitely taste the best;)
I got home and made the world’s largest Kodiak Cake with chocolate chips to eat. I put Skye in the picture to give you an idea of how large it was ha.
This guy is ready for his spring/summer wardrobe;)
And we spent a good chunk of the day outside in the front yard eating Pirate’s Booty (this stuff is so addicting) with bare feet.
I was MORE than ready for a rest day yesterday! I was too tired to make my normal cinnamon roll recipe the night before Easter so I found a 1 hour recipe to make the morning of and they were AMAZING. We will be making these again for sure.
We did the normal Easter things:)
We went up north to celebrate with Andrew’s family and it was so delicious… they always have the best fruit!
We finished off the night with my family over at our house!
What gel/fuel are you loving the most lately? Are drinking fountains open in your area? It’s our spring break… When is everybody else’s spring break? Which race distance is the hardest for you?
-The 5k (hence why I never do them;)… that pace just hurts so bad. I like medium hard effort for a long time much more than hard hard effort for a short time.
I’d love to hear something that you are cheering for yourself about? What’s something great you have accomplished recently (big or small)!!