Friday night was the next 5k on my schedule. It had been 3 wks since my last 5k, which translates to, 3 additional wks of quality training. More importantly, 3 wks closer to summer in South MS/LA. Not ideal for racing, but fun anyway (if you like near death experiences).The Scene - Friday Night, New Orleans, 7:00 pm race time. Let's review - my last race was 3 wks ago and I ran 7:43 avg. Yes, I realize it's going to be HOT, my mind thinks..... even though it's hot, you have 3 more weeks of solid training in, and the temp will be dropping at 7:00. Let's go for 7:35 pace. I write 7:35 down in my "daytimer" because I'm modern and high tech like that. (yes, I have previously mentioned the daytime, what can I say, I just like to write "stuff" down)
The official results haven't been posted, which is a good thing because this is a big, non-chip timed race. (last year around 1500 runners) It takes around 8 seconds before I arrived at the start line, so we will happily go with my Garmin time. 23:50 - 7:38 avg.
Splits - 7:26 too fast(by 9 seconds),
7:54 too slow (by 19 seconds - near death).
Shortly after the race, I look at my splits - the last mile irks me.
I go into the Greek Festival area for just a few minutes. I'm quickly uncomfortable with the crowds, and the lines are WAY too long so I bail. I still have to drive another hour to South LA. When I get back to the car, around 8:20, the temp is 84 degrees. So at race time, I suspect the temp. was 85-86 degrees??, I feel better about my time.
So in comparing my Garmin to Garmin time from my last 5k. I ran 7 seconds faster and the temp was 5-6 degrees warmer this week. Knowing the temp. has a big affect, I will call it success!
The 3rd mile was HARD - duh!!! It's a 5k, the 3rd mile is always hard. This one was extra tough, with the extra heat. Friday night, I pushed my poor heart to a new max. of 184. (new Garmin, Dec. 2010)
April 16th @ 65 degrees May 7th @ 80 degrees May 27th @ 85-86 degrees
Average Heart Rate 165 168 172
Max. Heart Rate 173 176(the creep begins) 184
So I max.ed out my heart, and gave it ALL I HAD Friday night.
7:35 goal for the day,
7:38 reality with 85 ish temp.
a MAX'ed out heart
7 seconds faster than last 5k
yeah, I'm OK with that!
2 more weeks of my 8 wk, 5k plan. I am hoping to be a little more adjusted to the heat. This race will add a new challenge. The last 2 races have been evening races, 6pm, and 7PM. The final race will be at 8:00 am. The temp. will be cooler, but the humidity will be much higher in the morning. The next 2 weeks will be filled with 8:00 am runs. Most recently, I've been doing more, later in the day runs, to get ready for heat. Now a little more race specific training (8:00 am) for the last 2 wks. I've also decided to cut my mileage a little these last 2 wks. I had planned to go back up to 50 miles this wk, but have decided, I will hang out around 35 miles instead. Just feeling like that may be a good adjustment at this point.
I was able to run with my honey on Sat. and Sun. :)
It's Memorial Day - Chad had to work, but we will celebrate with crawfish tonight.
I'm so thankful for all of our Veterans, our current military, and military families. The sacrifices are appreciated!
God Bless the USA!
Ended the wk of May 16th with 50 miles
Week of May 23rd quality runs - Tues. - 12 X 200 @ :49 second avg with 30 second recovery. Fri. - Greek Fest 5k
Ended this week with 24 miles. (race wk - cut in mileage)
Things I wonder about??
Can it be, these 5ks are responsible for all of the gray hairs popping up on my head? I wonder.....