And just like that, the first race of the year is here – the ZOOMA Run Love 10K!
I’m really excited to participate in this virtual run. It’s been a while since I’ve run in an event like this, and the last time I did, I took it really easy.
This time, I want to see how I can push myself. So let’s see my goals for the ZOOMA Run Love 10K!
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I’m really excited to be running my first race of the year this weekend. Where did the time go??
This is the first race in a LONG time that I haven’t had the guidance of Coach Kristy. So I have to create my own racing strategy, which is a little scary!
The last time I ran a 10K, my goal was to finish under an hour – and I did!
For the Philly 10K, the strategy was to start the first mile at a 9:40 pace, and then see how long I could keep it up.
But this time, since it is a virtual race, I won’t have the adrenaline of being in a crowd to keep me up to pace. I’m hoping Bret will run with me and push me past my comfort zone. He loves running fast.
We’ll see what happens! If I can finish under an hour, I’ll be happy.
I won’t be too worried about fueling for this run. Ever since the 21 day reset, I’ve been minimizing my reliance on using fuel on longer runs. But I will make sure to stay hydrated, thanks to the Nathan belt my sister got me for Christmas! I will also make sure I’m completely hydrated leading up to the race. I guess it’s a good thing I’m not drinking alcohol for awhile! The weather will be COLD, so we’ll see how that plays into it!
Wednesday 2/3: Unplanned rest day.
Thursday 2/4: 2 miles on the treadmill, then weight training class after work. This week, we worked on our biceps, triceps, and abs using the weight machines and lots of crunches variations.
Friday 2/5: Finally out in the elements with a short interval run. It had been a long time since I used my Nike+ watch to do timed intervals, so it was a little awkward. The 15-second speedy intervals went so fast! I only ran 3 miles because we were going out for dinner and drinks with a friend in the evening.
Saturday 2/6: 8-mile long run! For whatever reason, the 8 miles always makes me nervous. I needed some support on this one, so I finally went for a Saturday long run with City Fit Girls. My first mile was running to the meeting spot, then I had 5 miles with the group – ran with two awesome ladies that were fun to talk to. I finished the last 2 on my own. Very happy!
Sunday 2/7: Rest day. I didn’t want to overdo it on the weekly mileage!
Monday 2/8: Yoga at lunch. I attempted side crow for the first time…I could do it on my right side for a few moments, but my left side was impossible! I love challenging myself in new ways. After work was boot camp with plenty of squats and lunges. Then after that I ran on the treadmill for 4 miles with some help from HGTV. I kept it slow at a 12-minute pace.
Tuesday 2/9: Rest day! Monday was insane!
The mileage has been creeping up as I transition from ZOOMA fully into Cherry Blossom 10 Miler training mode.
So far, I’m feeling very good and so much stronger, thanks to all of the cross-training and strength training I’ve been doing in addition to running. I can’t remember the last time I felt in such good shape!
Now I have to make sure that I keep my easy runs easy and don’t do “too much, too fast, too soon”. I’ve felt some discomfort in my feet and shins so I will be aggressive with foam rolling, stretching post-run, and pacing myself properly.
I’m proud of all that I’ve been able to accomplish as this is the first time I started training for a race so early in the year. Hopefully, it will be the first of many successful races in 2016! I’m giving myself an A!
Are you doing the ZOOMA Run Love Challenge? What do you have planned for Valentine’s Day?