Saturday, April 24, 2010

Race Recap

I've started to set some goals for myself as far as running goes, and my first goal is to run the same races as last year and to beat my times from last year at each race. So far I'm 1 for 1, last year at the Borgess 5k I ran a 22:44, this year I killed it with a 20:39! I'm still a ways off from my 5k PR but it's still early in the season and I've only been running two days a week tops so I'm not too concerned. Instead of getting frustrated with getting slowed down and stuck in the pack like I did last year I decided it was a good thing and would keep me from going out too fast like I usualy do. Guess what it worked, first mile was 7:10, second 6:52, and I'm not sure what my third mile time was but the last 3.1 was 6:37 so I finally ran negative splits! Now I just need to up the amount of days I run in a week, I'm thinking four days a week should be enough for now, and start gradually upping my mileage and I'll be all set to PR this year. By the way my 5k PR was over 7 years ago in Highschool and I ran a 17:43, my fastest time last year was 18:54ish? So I've got a little work ahead of me but I'm up to the challenge.

New shoes should be delivered on Monday!!! Can't wait, they're the same ones I have now just different colors, but these ones are definitely beyond their prime.

Signed up for my next race today which is next Saturday, the Triple Creek Dash, last year I placed 9th overall and first in my age group so hopefully I do well again this year. I'll be moving into a new age group for this race too since my Birthday is Monday and I'll officially be half way to 50 haha. Hope every one is having a great weekend!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Week Recap

Spring is here! I've decided I really don't like winter, it's cold and I don't do well with cold. It makes me want to curl up under a blanket and hibernate four months out of the year. That being said, it's not very conducive to my running. This week though, the clouds parted the sun came out and here it is, beautiful spring weather! Sunday after a trip to the parents I decided to go out for an easy four, and that went well. The weather was nice, just right for long sleeves and shorts.

Monday I met up with a buddy for our usual after work run. This time a lady friend of his came along with us. I'm in a little better shape and can run a little longer and faster than he can so we usually run at a pace that he is comfortable with and I always find myself wanting to pull away and take off. This time since he had someone to run with I actually did and it felt great! I ended up going for 5 miles in just under 36 minutes.

I took Tuesday and Wednesday off from running, but Wed. I met up with some friends after work and got in the first couple games of beach volleyball for the year. That's right did I mention I love spring! I have to admit, the little amount of skill I acquired playing last summer must still have been hibernating, because it was ugly! Luckily we played again Thursday and I was starting to look a little less awkward. After v-ball Thursday I got home and it was still plenty light out and I felt good so I knocked out another four mile run.

Wow was I sore all day Friday and some this morning! I felt like an old man at work yesterday, thus I am remembering why I should stretch after runs. oops! Woke up this morning and went for a 3.5 mile run and felt stiff and sore, but strong at the same time, if that makes any sense. The original idea was for this to be an easy run, but I find that when I get out there I tend to forget the easy part. I need to remember that next time. Anyway I ended up running around a 6:45 pace, so yeah once again....oops! I did stretch after it though, and I feel pretty great right now so I guess that's all that matters. I've got the rest of the day to do whatever I feel like, and that feels great. Hope you're having a great weekend as well.