There are no big updates for this week except that I set a new PR for my 8 mile long run. Monday and Wednesday were the usual: 20 minutes on the recumbent bike, stretching, lifting, and abs. On Friday I was beat and decided to only do the ab workout that morning.
On Tuesday I ran 5k around campus at a relatively easy pace: 31:30 total time. Now that the weather has warmed a bit, I’m beginning to run outdoors more often – and that can take a little more mental energy some days. On Thursday I went to the track with Adam so he could “remind his legs how to go fast”. I decided to test out my 5k pace so I ran one mile in 8:40 which would put me around 27:00 overall. On a flat course with little wind, I think it’s possible. We’ll see – I have my first race next month!
On Saturday Adam had his second race of the season – the Sole of the City 10k in downtown Baltimore. You can read his race report on his blog (here). I ran around to take pictures of him at the 4, 5, and 6 mile markers. The rest of the day was packed full of events so I didn’t have time for any more workouts even if I had wanted to do something.
On Sunday I ran another 8 miles around Baltimore’s harbor. Adam and I started at the red icon and ran west for 4k before turning around to run back to the store, then finished with the 5k route for the race I plan to run next month. The east side of the harbor is less than scenic, but it was flat so I didn’t complain too much. I was pushing it for the last kilometer (8:26 min/mile pace) and my time for the last 5k was 29:06. If I can run that fast after 5 miles, I should be able to handle 27:00 fresh (assuming nothing goes wrong during the race – like an asthma attack). The total time for the 8 miles was 1:17:50 which is a new PR by two minutes. Man, I had to work hard for those two minutes!
Next week will be a hard week, but I have a visitor in town for work so I’ll need to rearrange my schedule a bit. It’ll be a challenge, but I’ll make it work somehow. Wish me luck!