After a less than stellar week of training, I was still determined to run the second RRS 10K on Sunday and squeeze in a long run.
I wasn’t happy with my time from the first 10K. I figured we would probably end up with cooler weather for the second 10K and I would have the advantage of being familiar with the course. My goal pace to PR was 7:40.
Unfortunately, we did not have the benefit of nice weather like last weekend. Last year this race was in the 50’s. This year is was 74 and humid. Lovely.
To make matters worse, I went to a barre class on Saturday. It didn’t feel very intense at the time, but I haven’t been to barre in awhile and come Sunday my thighs and upper legs were sore.
When Paul and I pulled up to Shelby Farms though, the morning looked promising. The sun was coming up and the fog was slowly lifting from the park. It looked like a pretty, peaceful morning. I finished a longish warm up and squeezed into a place at the start.
Mile 1 came fairly easy. There were lots of downhills and I was pretty motivated by the thought of PRing. I came in ahead of schedule at 7:21.
Mile 2 was a little more work. We were coming into the flat boring part of the race that runs through fields and the penitentiary. Not exciting, but I was still on pace at 7:27.
Mile 3 was rough. It seemed like I would never make it out of the fields and back to the park. When I saw I clocked in at 7:49, I panicked. I needed to pick up my pace.
Despite my attempts at working harder, the next couple miles were actually slower. 8:15, 8:18, 8:10…I knew my chance to PR was gone and never have I wanted to quit a race so badly. My legs were so heavy and felt like two bricks. My muscles were fatigued and sweat was burning my eyes. The last two miles are largely uphill and I was miserable. I bribed myself to finish by vowing not to run any extra miles after the race.
Coming into the finish. I look happy, but I wasn’t happy at all. Too much sweat for a late September race!
Finishing time: 49:46/8:01 pace (a few seconds slower than two weeks ago)
My legs were stiff and sore for the rest of the day. It was so frustrating, because I would have been better off skipping the race and just doing a normal long run on Saturday. I suppose at least I got to see what I was capable of. I also am ranked 5th in my age group for the series, so there’s that.
Basically the week was a loss, but they can’t all be good training weeks. Last week anything and everything came before training and I intend to change that this week.
So here’s to Monday and a chance for a good solid week of training!