It's funny! I did not go into Sat.'s race with any expectations of a fast 5k. This is only my 4th week back to running and I have not had any speed work, except, I did do one hill workout - the grueling "billboard run." I just wanted to race so I headed down to Poplarville, MS. In addition to no speed work, the heat index has been over 100 each day for a while now, and Sat.'s high was no different. So the race started with a steamy, humid temp. - 78 degrees, with the heat index at 93 degrees, at 8:00 am. Over the last few years I have learned to run in the extreme heat and humidity of summer in the south, but I have not, to date, learned to race well in it. My other continuing battle is to run well on hills. Summer, fall, winter, spring - nope - I am not a hill runner, not yet. So the 5k on Sat offered all of my biggest challenges in running - heat, humidity, and hills.
My expectations were to finish in the high 24's and I knew it would be a challenge to do that, but I never even considered high 25s. After the race, it's funny, I was not upset, just shocked. Typically, high 25's would be jogging. So Sat. as I was looking through my running history going back to 2000, my resolve to run better grew and grew. (wish I would have documented my racing history going back to my first 10k in 1986)
Now I'm on a mission. I am excited and ready for speed work. I have NO, ZERO natural speed. You guys know how I love to analyze the what, why, how, why not, when, etc. So when I look back at "how can I run THAT slow?" it's really easy to figure out.
*For several years, I have basically run speed work year around, until Nov.
*Late Nov. hurt my hip.
*Desperate to make it to the starting line at Boston, I ran very conservatively with no speed work for Boston.
*After Boston I took a month off all together
*Almost 7 months of no speed.
So now I am running on "pure talent" Bahhhhhh! LOL! I have no talent for speed, I have to WORK for it - ALWAYS!
The rest of the data from the 5k
* same course in 2008 - 24:40
* 24 seconds per mile slower than my last 10k pace in March - again I say WHAT?
*2:25 slower than my last 5k in March
Wow! Speed work does a body good!
I am excited for the challenge ahead of me. The good thing is, I will quickly be able to see results, and that will be fun. Today I did an introductory speed session. I had to slow my times tremendously based on Sat.'s 5k time. It was fun to get back to the speed work.
Update - no new, or good news on the job issue for my hubby.
Should have some great pictures to post on my next blog.