Hey there! I hope you’re having a great week! I’m just getting back from my long vacation over the Memorial Day holiday. It was a wonderful time in New York City, but now I’m back to reality…
And the reality is that I have a race in just 2 short days: The Zooma Annapolis 10K! I am so excited about running this all women’s race for the very first time. While my primary focus has been to train for the 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Half Marathon, Zooma is just 2 weeks before that race so I thought the timing worked out pretty well! Now I have to make it concrete and share my goals for this race!
Ever since the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run ended, I have been training for the 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Half Marathon with a personalized training plan from Coach Kristy. Overall, I think that it has been going well, but I’m still extremely nervous about Zooma Annapolis because the Cherry Blossom feels like it was an eternity ago! Will I have another great race?
Here’s what we have on tap for Zooma, which is actually pretty straightforward:
With this pace, I should complete the 10K at around 1:00-1:01. My first 10K, the Run the Bridge back in November, was completed in 1:02, so I could possibly PR if all of the stars align! I don’t want to think about it too much, though, because I want it to be a FUN experience. I know that when I have done my speedwork sessions at 9:45-9:50, I’ve always been faster than that, but that was only for 3 miles max…so I wonder how it will all come to play for race day? So nervous!
I’ve still been using Clif Shotbloks to fuel during my long runs, and while a 10K isn’t that long of a distance, Kristy recommends that I fuel around the 5K point with one serving of bloks (100 calories) since I’ll be pushing myself pretty hard. The weather is going to be VERY WARM, and I’m not a fan of the heat at all, so I’m a little worried! I will still be carrying my handheld water bottle, but I will not skip any of the water stations. We’ve already been warned by the race organizers about the heat, and I won’t be wearing anything long sleeved this time around!
If I don’t meet my goal (it would be awesome to have a sub-60 minute 10K time), then that’s okay! I am running this race with a very special friend, who encouraged me to sign up and run with her! It’ll be a great weekend and an amazing experience to be with some many awesome women all in it for the love of running! I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures to share with you all!
Wednesday 5/20: I was finally back from my work conference, but I had a hair appointment so I didn’t get to go for a run.
Thursday 5/21: The weather was rainy so I opted out of running. I did walk at lunch with one of my coworkers though.
Friday 5/22: Finally back to running! I had a 4 mile run including some hill sprints, but since I missed my run earlier in the week, I ran 5 miles total. It was really tough thanks to the humidity and I had a side stitch, which hasn’t happened to me in years! Got through it though!
Saturday 5/23: Long run time! I was due for 8, but felt so good that I went for 9! The greatest thing about it was that not only did I run this solo (proving that I don’t need a buddy during my long runs), but my last mile split was 9:11! I really want to push myself and race these last 2 races strong. Even if my hamstrings may not appreciate it!
Sunday 5/24: Had my 3 mile run with strides and added an extra mile to assuage my guilt of not running back on Tuesday. It was pretty hot out there, so it was a struggle. But I still didn’t do too bad!
Monday 5/25: Happy Memorial Day! We spent the day focused on baseball so no running!
Tuesday 5/26: We went for a 3 mile morning run in Central Park. It was so much fun and I kept getting distracted from all of the amazing sights!
Wednesday 5/27: We had another beautiful 3 mile run in Central Park, but it was extremely humid out! It was pretty brutal…
I’ve done something for the very first time since starting race training back in January….missed a training run. Even though I ran 3 days in the past week (Sunday to Saturday), I still feel guilty about it! So I ended up being 1 mile short for the week since I used my Friday and Sunday runs to catch up. Regardless, I give this week of training a B+.
Before the holiday weekend, I signed up for a 5-week session of Boot Camp and Cardio Kickboxing at work. I was originally going to move on from these classes, but I’ve learned quickly that having a paid class is a great incentive to commit to your workouts. I’m still a bit too lazy to figure things out on my own! I also want to do more with the Nike Training Club app, and do more yoga, so I’ll have to squeeze those in my schedule as well. Cross training is SO important, don’t ever neglect it!
How was your Memorial Day Weekend?