Race Nerves

Tomorrow is race two of the four in the Lakeland Runner’s Club Watermelon Series. This series is cost-effective, local, and the perfect time to try to run a sub-30 minute 5K. I am generally comfortable running races now but this one is making my stomach flip-flop.

This is my training from 6/11 to today.

Training Week 6-11 to 6-17

Training Week 6-18 to 6-24

I was much to sick last week to exercise at all and it took until Wednesday for me to feel well enough to run. It makes me nervous to have taken so much time off right before a race where I want to PR.

Getting back into the gym on Wednesday felt really great. I get so antsy when I have to be sedentary especially when I felt so terrible and completely unlike myself.

No Regrets

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I hope I am able to reach my goal in tomorrow race but all I can do is try my best.

Do you get nervous before a race?

Weeks Three, Four, And Five To A Sub-30 Minute 5K

This five-week plan feels like I just started it. One benefit in training for short races, is that five-weeks goes by so quickly when most of your past training plans are 16 plus weeks.

Week Three

Week Three To A Sub-30 5k

Speedwork: 4×800 Meters at 4:35 to 4:40 I walked instead of jogged in between the intervals

Easy Run: 5 to 6 Miles & 2 to 3 Miles I ran five on Thursday and skipped the 2 to 3 on Saturday.

Tempo: 2 x 1.5-mile tempo at 10 Jog 30 to 45 seconds between each. I walked in between instead of jogging.

Long Run: 8 Miles I ran 7 but meant to run 8. The treadmills at my gym automatically stop when you reach one hour. If you want to run longer than an hour you have to start a new run. Well I obviously have great math skills because I thought both of runs added up to 8 miles but realized when I actually added them together at home, they came to 7. Need to bring a calculator to the gym moving forward.

Cross Training: None I really need to work on this.

Weight Training: One

Week Four

Week Four To A Sub-30 5K

Speedwork: 5×800 Meters at 4:35 to 4:40

Easy Run: Both were for 3 Miles

Tempo: 3-Mile tempo at 10 I fell apart on the third mile of this run. There was some walking involved. I think it had to do with being tired but this workout felt really difficult.

Long Run: Five Miles

Cross Training: None

Weight Training: Two Getting better!

The terrible tempo on Thursday was not great for me mentally. It really made me wonder if there would be anyway I could run a 5K at 9:40 if three miles at 10 felt so difficult. I know some days are just bad and any run would feel difficult, but this one really messed with my head.

Week Five

Week Five To A Sub-30 Min 5K

Speedwork: 2×1-Mile Tempo at 9:40 I did actually jog between the two repeats.

Easy Run: 3/4 Miles & 2/3 Miles I skipped both of these workouts this week. My first race, out of a series of four, was on Saturday and I needed to appreciate the training for this week so I was rested for the race.

Tempo: 6×400 Meters at 2:25 (race pace.) Jog 1:30 between each. This workout really helped with my confidence going into the race on Saturday. After my terrible tempo the previous week, I needed this workout to go well.

Cross Training: Body Flow I always need a good stretch after a race and this felt really great.

Weight Training: Two

Race: 3.10 Miles I will get more into how this went in a post to follow

If you are looking for a great plan to reach a sub-30 Minute 5K, this five-week plan from the June 2012 issue of Runner’s World is a great plan. I have gotten faster in five weeks than I did in a year of half training. It really helped me to push myself. Most of my training has focused on base building for longer distances but spending the ridiculously hot summer months working on a racing shorter distances is ideal. This may be a way in which I focus my time between a spring and fall half moving forward.

A 5K That Was Not 3.1 Miles

On Saturday, I ran the inaugural Margarita Run 5K Urban Run & 1 Mile Walk. This is a small local race which is for a great cause, benefitting Haines City Main Street, and close to my house. It was interesting running at 5PM but the weather was perfect. (What do most people eat when they race later in the day? I had breakfast but lunch was a difficult one. I ended up eating breakfast foods for lunch and hoped my stomach would be fine.)

Haines City has a great downtown area that is really on an upswing. I love seeing all the local businesses that are opening.

Downtown Haines City

They had a cute mini expo in Railroad Park. I loved that a local Mexican restaurant, La Fiesta Mexicana, sold nachos and tacos. It went well with the margaritas.

Haines City Mini 5K Expo

We started running through an arch of balloons. (I took this picture after they unhooked one end of the arch.)

Balloons

This course had a lot of hills (for Florida). It even took us on a dirt path and over some railroad tracks. The course sadly was not 3.1 miles.

Margarita_5K_Haines_City

At the two mile mark, I heard one of the volunteers yell that there was only a half a mile left. I looked at my Garmin and knew I could not have a half mile left because I cannot run that fast. The sad thing is that I would have had a PR if I maintained my average pace for the remained of the 5K.

At least there was a band.

Haines City 5K Band

Have you ever had a race go wrong?

Is it crazy that I will probably run this race again next year?

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Finally Friday

This week has had its ups and downs.

I got into a fender bender yesterday getting lunch.

Car Accident

Luckily, no one was hurt and there was minimal damage to both cars.

I did have a crazy experience with a pepper. As I was chopping vegetables for a salad last night, I found this.

Pepper with smiley face

Cheesy as it sounds, it kind of made me feel better.

Running the 2011 Margarita Run tomorrow, I will spend much of today and tomorrow making sure I stay hydrated. Luckily, the weather is starting to cool here (cool for Florida), so doing a race at 5PM should be bearable.

I was recently sent Crystal Light Pure to try. I decided to do a taste test at work to see if some of my soda/energy drink addicted coworkers would drink more water drinking Crystal Light Pure. The response was positive and one person even begged me for a few more samples.

Crystal Light Pure 3

A few facts about Crystal Light Pure from the company:

Contains Truvia

No artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives

Colored with natural ingredients

They come in individual packets which you dump into a water bottle.

I was also sent some hydration tips from Molly Kimball, RD. As someone who carries water with me everywhere I go, I found these tips helpful.

1. Keep a Tally – This is a great one. My water bottle comes with notches on it, to indicate how many ounces of fluid I have consumed. The best place I have found is from SparkPeople and I have a SparkPeople application on my phone.

Water_Tracker

2. Don’t Forget About Food – Eating a well-rounded diet filled with lots of fruits and vegetables, helps us stay hydrated.

3. Watch the Caffeine – I would also add here to watch the sugary drinks. Working in my office, I see coworkers who only drink coffee and then switch to soda/energy drinks into the afternoon. Drinking water is so important that switching out a few of those caffeine filled sugar drinks would make a huge difference in how hydrated they are and how they feel.

 How do you stay hydrated through the day?

I was sent a free sample of Crystal Light Pure from Kraft Foods. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for my opinion.

Fears And My First 15K

My first long race is tomorrow and I am nervous! I feel prepared (enough) but anything new can be scary. I thought it would be fun to look back at my first race in January 2011 and remember how freaked out I was.

I wrote about my fears, the night before that first 5K. It was pretty standard fare, falling, feeling foolish, being last, and not being able to finish. Pretty similar to how I feel about the upcoming race. Then there were also the fears of the logistics, not knowing where to line up, hoping my D-Tag was on correctly, do I drink the water at the water stops, and assorted other issues that you eventually learn the answers to. (Can you tell that I am a worrier? It might actually be more frantic in my head than I am able to share here.)

Luckily, I loved the race and it made me want to keep running. Finishing that race, even though my time was slow and I walked some of it, was euphoric. I hope that tomorrow’s Miracle Miles will be similar, euphoria and pride for finishing (plus a personal distance record).

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How do you feel the night before a race?

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August In Review

August could not have ended on a more perfect run. It rained all day yesterday and I was able to get out right after the storms passed. The humidity was moderate (for Florida) and the weather had cooled off significantly. My legs felt great and for the first time in a long time, I felt like my training was actually paying off. I felt strong and powerful. It just goes to show, that just when you are starting to freak out (like over an upcoming 15K), one good run can put you right back on track.

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August was my first month of Half Marathon training. I have been under my goal mileage every week but I feel mostly on track. The training specifics can be found on my Workouts page.

My monthly mileage was my highest month ever.

August_2011

My most commented on post in August, and one that I had so much fun writing, is the 30 Before 30 list. I am turning 30 at the end of September, feeling kind of depressed about it and want the experience to be a positive one. I have a few updates coming up, so stay tuned.

My favorite restaurant experience in August was finally eating at The Ravenous Pig. It was just amazing and I cannot wait to go again.

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I ran The Celebration of Running 5K this month. It was fun but really hot.

Celebration_of_Running_5K

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As you can see above, I also learned how awesome I look after crossing the finish line.

How was your August? Did you reach your goals?

Celebration of Running 5K

Before I put a ton of (delicious) cured meats in my face at The Ravenous Pig on Saturday, I ran the Celebration of Running 5K. The race started at 7:30 but every minute that creaped by grew hotter and hotter. Halfway through I was dripping in sweat and wiping my face on my shirt.

The race started at the Orlando Science Museum.

Celebration of 5K

                                  

(Can you see me way in the back near the 10 plus minute mile sign in the back?)

The course took you by beautiful Lake Formosa and a place where I used to work. Down one brick lined and pothole filled street. (That was interesting, I kept picturing someone tripping and hurting their ankle.) It looped around The Track Shack and the finish was at the Science Museum.

Garmin Route Map

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Garmin Stats

Garmin_Stats

Not sure why it says 3.24 miles. I started my watch when I crossed the starting line and stopped it when I crossed the finish line. Could it have to do with where I am running in relation to the road?

My official times were clock 36:36 and chip 35:29. My goal was closer to 30 minutes but as hot as it was that day, I am happy with my time.

Takeaways: I started out too fast. The first mile was at a 10 minute per mile pace which is speedy for me. I should be in the 11 minute mile range. I ran out of gas towards the end and would have felt better if I had started of slower. 

What are you best race tips?