My mileage last week ended at 21.4 miles. The week also ended with a 5k on Sunday. My last 5k was May 27th at the Greek Fest 5k (25:37). The Sunday race was scheduled for 12:00PM. We finally had a cool front pass through the Chalmette area, and the 5k is at noon, missing the mornings cool air, urgh! I warmed up for a 12:00 PM start, and the race started at 12:35. I didn't bother with warming up again and decide to "just run." It's not like I've been training for a 5k anyway. The races in the Chalmette area are typically small, and with the 12PM start, it was even smaller than usual. I won the ladies overall female award and was 3rd overall with a time of 24:47.....that's how small it was. I ran this race 2:12 faster than my time last year at this same race. I'm really excited about my splits - 8:09, 8:09, 8:07. The 1st and the 3rd mile was over the Violet bridge, and the rest was flat. I like to run the occasional 5k as a test of my fitness. I like to geek out on the McMillan calculator and dream.......To be honest, I'm way ahead of where I expected to be at this point in the game.
|Enjoying the early morning cool air while watching the Chicago marathon. Love our South LA camp views.|
A few of my favorite "run scenes" from this week.
This week I will be running 40 miles. Today I had 7X800 on my path to Yasso's 800s. You may recall the pics of the rubberized track in St. Bernard, LA. I couldn't stomach the thought of running the 800s on the asphalt track here in MS (my only option). So instead of the track I opted for road 800s. I prefer the "exactness" of the track, and I like to check my splits along the way, but finding a pretty road location is not a bad option either. I averaged 4:00 for 800s. It was cool this morning so the workout was much less taxing than it can be in the heat. The section of road that I picked has some mild rolling hills. You may be able to see the slight incline in some of the pics below.
"One day I will no longer be able to do this, today is not that day !"
Today I'm feeling especially lucky and blessed to run for those who can not.
**7 weeks until St. Jude 26.2
**Sunday I'm running 18 miles - 13.1 at the Gulf Coast Half Marathon, Mandeville, LA I'm excited to run the first 5 with my cousin from AL.