Monday, April 30, 2012

Ravenswood 5k

I didn't have a stellar training week last week. I skipped two runs due to work/Ikea/laziness.  But I did manage to get out and participate in another race - the Ravenswood 5k.

It was a pretty good day for running. Sunny, not too warm, but not too cold either. Since the neighborhood race is just one neighborhood over, Mr. H. and I jogged to the start and picked up our packets. It was a nice warm up and, even though it really seems like a waste of energy to go for a jog before you go for a jog, it does actually get me warmed up. This apparently helps me run faster quicker. Very counter intuitive to me.

I met up with my friend Sara and we started the race together. We hung together through the first and second mile, but right around the third mile we lost each other. I thought that I had passed her, but just as I started my sprint to the finish line, I heard her name being called as one of the finishers. So not only did she beat me (again) she was one of the lucky ones that got her named called out. But, unlike last year when I finished about three minutes behind her, this year I was only about 30 seconds behind her. We both actually got faster this year. In fact, I did another PR with this race - 28:43 (a 9:15 pace).

My miles went like this 9:22, 9:16, 9:10 and then 54 seconds to finish off (if I'd only realized Sara was in front of me maybe I would have run even faster). I finished 1223 overall (there were about 2,500 runners) and I finished 56th in my age group out of 194. Not too bad. Seems like the speed training (even if I do skip a day here and there) is paying off some.

Running stats for week ending April 29
Miles run this week: 9
Fastest mile this week: 9:08
Training miles to date: 28.6

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