Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ringing in the new year with a run

So I'll be running in my first 5k since November tomorrow - wish me luck!

I'm not expecting anything because I know I won't run the whole thing, I'll probably split and walk half and run half. I am, however, hoping for a better time than my November race. We'll see how it goes.

This week I've been slowing down my longer runs to build my endurance, which makes me feel like I'm running at turtle speed. That kind of stinks but I plan to gradually increase the speed on the longer runs until I get to where I usually am, at 5 mph. Which I'm sure is slow when compared to real life runners anyway...haha.

The only reservations I have about tomorrow is tiring myself out too quickly. It's easy to pace yourself on a treadmill because it tells you how fast you're going - on the street, not so much. On my run today at the gym I tried to really remember what my fast and what my "turtle" pace feels like so I can replicate that tomorrow.

I'll also be running with a stop watch to time my splits.

Oh yeah, and it's probably going to be kind of cold during the run. I am hoping this will make me run faster so I can get out of the cold!! :)

In late February, a series of three races is starting in Haverhill, Lawrence, and Lowell, and they are 3, 4, and 5 miles respectively. You get a medal at the end of each race and they all fit together to make one big medal. I would really love to do this and it'd be a great way to kick off training for a half marathon....that I may or may not do in June.

Anyway, tonight is New Year's Eve so I'm headed to annual NYE festivities in Cambridge. Every year on New Year's one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Ellis Paul, does a show and people across the country (other performers and fans alike) come to see it. It's always a great time, so I'm excited for that.

Hopefully the snow allll melts in time for my race tomorrow.

I'll update after the run!

1 comment:

  1. good luck! you're doing waaaay better than me - it's been a while since i've been on the treadmill!