I'm competitive. Mostly with myself. I'm impatient and like immediate results, which is funny because running takes time. I will push myself to the breaking point and then get mad at myself because I broke (injury). I'm super thankful to have great friends/running buddies that are there to congratulate me, but are also honest when needed and look out for me.
Last week's workouts were a little more running oriented as my job was kicking my butt in hours. I didn't do much cross training at all and I missed it.
|5mi personal best|
Last week, I saw a small gain in my 5mi run. Wednesday I tried again for an increase and I got it. This ended up being a run that just couldn't have gone any better. Perfect weather, perfect feeling run. It wasn't easy by any means, but I was very happy when I got home and took a look at my splits - 8:41, 8:39, 8:33, 8:30, 7:51
That last mile was definitely hard, but gave me the runner's high I've been missing after my runs lately. I've been shooting to see that on my watch for weeks. Claire was all interested in my biz when I got home. Made for a cute pic.
Thursday I decided to play with the new treadmills at the gym a little more. I picked the 5k run mode. I was a little confused when the distance counter started a countdown! Kinda neat. It also threw in a couple of small hills around miles 1.5 and 4. Decided to try a plank for an entire (but very short) song - planked it out to Metro - Shake It for 2:55. That hurt - I was definitely shaking after. <haha. corny bad joke.>
Friday and Saturday I worked and slept.
Sunday morning I got up and had a 10k race pace that needed to be done by Monday. I started out feeling pretty heavy legged. That may have also been the two glasses of wine and big dinner I ate the night before, but I was determined to make this a good run. I ended up planning my route kind of difficult and overly long, where the last 1.1 mi was a hill climb and I had a mile or so to walk home. Not always the most desirable way to end a 10k, but I figured it'd make me stronger in the long run. I ended up running with a 8:32 pace and was slightly disappointed with it since my 5mi time has been pretty stellar for me lately. I mentioned it on my dailymile, and was immediately uplifted and warned in the nicest way by some of those great running buddies/friends I mentioned earlier.
See what I mean? Looking out for me. :) It took another's opinion for me to realize that I'm absolutely getting caught up in the numbers. I want to go faster. I want to see 7s!!! I want a faster average pace.
And I'm going to end up overdoing it if I don't watch it. I know I won't be holding myself back by slowing it down just a little. I decided that this week I'll do just that and save it for an actual track/speed work session.
Do you have awesome run buds that watch out for you?
Have you been caught up in the numbers? What'd you do to fix that?
How was your week of workouts?