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.

Darn.

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?

14 comments:

  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.

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  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.

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  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?

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

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  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.

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  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?

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

    Hope your race is GREAT!!!!

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  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:)

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  9. Good luck to you!! kick some butt.

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  10. 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

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  11. 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!

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  12. 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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