Today was my first race of the season. Did the Uxbridge Run for the Diamond 5k. With my recent I.T issues I wasn’t expecting much. Ran with my friend and she hadn’t been outside running yet this year. As we left the golf course we immediately hit a dirt trail though some pretty hilly terrain. It was crazy. I went out a bit fast ( kind of glad I did) as I hit something on the ground just before the 1st k and fell to the ground!! Got up pretty quick and luckily no damage done. The first 2k were real up, down and twisting trails and my breathing sucked and just wanted to get through it. Then we got off the trail onto the cart path of the golf course to the finish. I came in just over 36 minutes. My friend wasn’t too far behind me. We both had fun and will definitely do this one again. They had a great buffet lunch after. Headed home for a nice hot bath and a relaxing afternoon. Only bad thing is my knee is really killing. I wore a band around my leg recommended to help with I.T band pain. I didn’t notice much difference but I wonder if that was because of the uneven terrain and all the hills. Hate the thought of having to cut back my running …..but………..
Got up at my usual 6:30 time and got my gear on and headed right out for a run. Came back in time to shower, get dressed and head to work. A bit of a whirlwind but glad I got out this morning. I ran 8.12; in 1:02 Last week I used my Endomondo BB app to calibrate my Nike+ as I felt it was a bit off, showing I was running farther than I was actually running. But after this morning I felt like I ran farther but my Nike+ band had me much shorter. Who knows maybe I was just slower today. My I.T band on my right knee flared up again today and bugged me at work too….that sucks!! I will just deal with it and suck it up.
Think I will head to the track this week to try calibrating my Nike+ band again. I know they aren’t meant to be 100% but I’d like to have a good idea of what my pace and distance actually is.
Oh yeah ….. 1 week to go till my first race of the season. Running the Run for the Diamond at Wooden Sticks Golf Course next Sunday with my friend. Only doing 5k but will be good to get into really pushing myself and seeing how fast I can really go. Secretly hoping I can either keep right on pace with or even come ahead of my friend. She’s 10 years younger and usually quite consistent running( a good 4-5 minutes ahead of me) But this year she hasn’t been training as solidly and admits the first race will be rough for her. I know she will still be ahead of me at the finish but I feel like I will be a lot closer to her this year.
So what races is everybody else running coming up???
Headed out for my Sunday long run with the intention of doing around 10k. I didn’t want to push too hard as I am not really training for my half until July but as I was coming near my second turn around point I felt amazing and just kept going. When I did finally turn and headed home I ended up doing 15k. HOLY SH*t that’s the longest I’ve ever run. I felt great, a bit of knee pain but other than that , awesome. It was my first run where I incorporated extra nutrition along the way. I bought some GU Chomps in orange flavour and had 4 before my run , and 4 more a hour into it along with my water as well. Not sure they made a difference but they tasted ok.
It’s now a month till my first race, the Run for the Diamond in Uxbridge. I am only doing 5k but it will be good to be in race mode that day. Looking forward to it.