Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday's Random Running Thoughts

I finally got a good nights sleep last night.  Two nights in a row of not sleeping good had me pretty wiped out on Friday.  I think my kids were pretty tired too as they were in bed early last night.  We also got a much needed rain yesterday so instead of planting my garden in the mud this morning, I guess I will have to go for a run.


Tomorrow I am going to do a 10k.  I hadn't really planned on it, but in the end I couldn't resist.  I am going to count it as my speedwork for the week, so this morning I will just do some easy miles.

It is supposed to be hotter than normal this summer.   Boo.  I hope this doesn't mean that the Missoula Marathon is going to be uber hot.   According to their website I can  "Expect to start off in the low 50's and end in the high 70's if you finish around noon"

It starts at 6 am and if I can at least pull off the long pace I have been doing I should finish well before noon. (Like about 10 o'clock)  Since it is my first marathon I really am not sure what to expect other than I will be glad to be done.  I am excited to get my first marathon under my belt.

49 days 23 house and 18 minutes, but who besides the Missoula Marathon website and me are counting?

I just want it to get here already!

Lets talk 10k.

I have done two so far. Neither one felt great, but I am not sure if they are supposed to.  It is a pretty hard distance, at least for me.  Not quite the 5k sprint and not as paced as the half marathon.   I don't know why, but the 5 mile races I have done feel so much easier than the 10k.  Maybe it is a little bit mental. That extra 1.2 miles can feel like a long ways!

Although last week during the Womens Run 5 mile I really had trouble in the middle miles staying focused.  Partially I wonder if it was because I was listening to music.  When I ran Peaks to Prairie I didn't have any music on and I felt so focused.  Or maybe it was just where my mind was that day, since other races I felt like music really helped pull me through.

My 10k PR is 44:45, since I just did 5 miles in 34:54 surely I can PR tomorrow. 
Excuses ready if I don't though
  • I didn't taper this week and I did last week before the 5 mile race.
  • 5 mile race was on a pretty flat course, tomorrow's has hills.
  • I ran 22 miles Tuesday (and it felt great)
I bet I can think of more tomorrow like
  • I just wasn't feeling it.
  • Those hills really sucked
  • My hip was bothering me again
Do you ever have your excuses prepared ahead of time?
What race distance gives you the most trouble?


  1. You are so funny and it sounds like you are pretty excited. I can feel the energy in your post!

    Have a great time and will looking forward to reading about it and seeing some pics too, I hope.

  2. Good luck on the 10K!! I can't say I've had any fabulous 10K's under my belt either but I have only run 2 it's the same race. I'm still somewhat new to running so I'm thinking it should get easier.

  3. Longer distance races give me the most trouble. My average pace slows a lot once I hit the half distance. Hills and a PR? How was the 10k PR race? Similar terrain?

  4. Good luck on your 10k. I know you will rock it!

  5. Hey Christy! I just caught up with your last three posts. I am so with you on sleep--I haven't gotten nearly enough of it since I had kids. I woke up last night at 3:30 a.m. and *finally* got myself back to sleep at 4:30 a.m. (only to have to get up at 6:30 to get to the gym for my bike session so I could take the kids to the park in the late morning--I'm going to bed after this comment for sure).

    Good luck in the 10K tomorrow! I think you'll do really well.

  6. I don't make excuses ahead of time haha, but maybe I should. :) I ran today at 10am and it was super hot. Is there anyway to combat the heat besides running early in the morning or late at night?

  7. Who cares if you PR? will though :)

    Hope your race is GREAT!!!!

  8. Good luck! You probably already ran it, since you are a couple hours ahead of us. I hope you were able to PR:) I am about to leave for my Beat the Bridge race this morning:) I made the excuse last night that it's just for fun. Then I say, no, you want to PR! I go back and forth:)

  9. hope the 10k went well! it's a tricky distance to figure out. I am stuck trying to break 50 on it. It kills me bc i'm right there and i know I can do it. Silly, daunting 6.2 miles

  10. My only race distance so far is the 5k, but want to run my 1st 10k around the end of the summer. Go me. :)

    I can't wait to hear about your 10k coming up AND your marathon when it finally decides to get here!


  11. It's good to to have your excuses ready, even if you don't have to use them.

    I hate 5k and 5 mile like distances. That sprinting KILLS me. I'm going to love my 4 miler this coming weekend.


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