"Choosing trust over doubt gets me burned once in a while, but I'd rather be singed than hardened." -Victoria Monfort

Friday, July 20, 2012

Another Race, Another Goal!...

Tonight was my second 5k of the season. I was so terrified it would be in the 90's as it has been, and I'd end up having to walk most of it (smoker...guilty...) but last night I asked the universe for rain. Rain would make me run faster, and cool me off.

I didn't get rain, but I got 70 degrees! Granted, it was probably still about 80% humidity, but I'll take it!

I did the Rock The Lock 5k, which was a night run thru the city which I reside, and mostly, on the hiway, which was kinda sweet!! Race start time, at 6:45, finished, post race food collected, and home by 7:30. Ya can't beat that!

It starts and ends where we have our free concert series for the city, so we crossed the finish right behind the band playing on stage!! Pretty cool!

My only goal for my second 5k this year was to beat my first 5k time of 31.59.

I did that!! I finished at 30.35, at a 9.51 pace!! I've never gotten under a 10m pace for a whole race, I'm so freaking proud!

I started to do tempo runs a couple days a week to beat my half marathon time come October, and by doing so, I have learned what my comfortable pace is without technology, because I don't have a fancy race watch.

If I feel uncomfortable, but can still run, I am at my max pace of 6.0 . And I can tell when I am at my "usual pace" when I slow it up.

My shining moment was that this race I am in an older age group. This did wonders for me, as I placed 12th out of 27 women in my age group.

Go me!!!!!

My end of season goal is still to do a 5k in under 30...but it looks like working on increasing my pace, just since June...is already working!!


Debbie @ Live from La Quinta said...

AWESOME!!! I knew you could do it. Speedwork is amazing. It teaches you pacing, but it also makes the physiological changes that make you FASTER! Plus, you learn how to run when it is uncomfortable, which is the key to getting faster. Keep it up and you'll be under 30 minutes.

Fizzgig said...

Debbie: thanks!! i never gave much thought to doing any of the training run techniques, because I still don't consider myself a "runner" but I am liking this! It does teach me what is comfortable, and not comfortable, and I was able to slow when I needed, and knew when to speed back up! The more I work on it, the better it will be!

Little Missy Me said...

Good work! I have no idea how you do it, but keep up the greatness!

Fizzgig said...

missy me:
I just do. I can't say I love it or enjoy it, but what I do like is a challenge, so that is mostly what keeps me going. It's all just part of my routine. It's mostly the calorie burn. I could stop having wine, but then, I'd much rather run that 5 miles for a bottle of wine. It is THAT important! lol

Carmen said...

Awesome work! I am living vicariously through your running as I sit on the couch!

Teena in Toronto said...

Good for you!

If your body is a temple, mine must be a mansion! said...

Congrats on the time! That is really great!!!

Allison M. said...

Ok so I'm a few days late but congrats!

This makes me want to gear up for another race!

Fizzgig said...

i think races are addictive! I have a few more this season!!