5k Recap, new Mizunos and countdown to NYC marathon!

It’s marathon week again!

This one feels completely different, as I have no time goals and am not nervous about maintaining a certain pace or how my legs will feel.  If these last 3 weeks are any indication, my legs will probably not be too fresh but I’m excited to run an easy pace (likely 8:30- 9:00) and soak up the energy of the city!

Although my legs aren’t fully back to normal yet, I’m excited to throw in some 5ks this fall and do a few weeks of 5k specific training before winter hits hard.

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I jumped into a local 5k on Saturday to give me a baseline. It was rough!

I’m happy with my time (20:27) but it felt way too hard from the beginning and never felt good.  I’m looking forward to having some pep in my step at some point.  But with the NYC marathon on Sunday, I’ll need to give myself another two weeks to recover before switching gears to shorter intervals.

The race began on a slight incline.  That is the worst possible way a race can start, in my opinion! I need to ease into the faster pace and when you’re sucking wind from the start it’s disheartening to say the least!

It flattened out for a 6:31 mile but I never felt the bounce in my legs that I normally do.  I basically hung on for dear life until I could cross the finish line.  Mile 2 and 3 were each slightly slower than the mile before, and then the out and back course finished with a slight downhill so I could sprint the final tenth of a mile in (5:43 pace).

Even though I felt so rough, this is probably a good estimate of my fitness right now.  The 5k always feels hard!! My goal is to make race pace feel a little easier and shave a few more seconds off each mile to get under 20 minutes.  I know it will happen eventually, but I didn’t expect it to be such a journey!

I also ran this race (and all of my runs since Steamtown) in my new Mizuno Wave Rider 20s.  I love how light they are.  From Mizuno:

It’s finally here – the 20th iteration of Mizuno’s signature running
shoe. The Wave Rider 20 features softer cushioning and delivers
an exceptionally smooth ride from nearly two decades of
breakthrough engineering. In addition to a redesigned Neutral
Wave plate, the Wave Rider 20 also features “Triple Zone”
engineered mesh in the upper that provides breathability and
flexible movement where it’s needed.

I like to keep two shoes in rotation at all times

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8 thoughts on “5k Recap, new Mizunos and countdown to NYC marathon!

  1. I can’t hardly believe you’re running another marathon this weekend!! I think you have the perfect plan. And UGH to that 5k. They are so brutal but extra tough with an incline start (why?) and so soon after your other marathon. Congrats again on the 20 min 5k so soon afterward – just wow!!
    Years ago I ran the Boston Marathon in April and then Vermont City on Memorial Day weekend. Not good. I ended up with bronchitis after VT but, I tried to race them both. I didn’t know how ridiculous that was then… 🙂 Good luck this weekend and I hope you can just run easy and take it all in!!
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  2. Yes! I have run a half marathon right after a trail marathon and boy did my legs feel heavy. There was definitely no extra gear at the end for the final push! I am so excited to see you in NYC. I really hope we can somehow meet up! I am definitely still worried about logistics. Not sure at all how this race will go for me as I can’t seem to shake this nasty cough that is hanging on. Oh well! Nice work on the 5K. One of the toughest distances in my opinion!
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  3. Such a solid 5K so soon after Steamtown!!! Love seeing you on fuego – PR marathon and killing it in this race – yeah!!
    Have so much fun in NYC! I can’t believe it’s been a year since we ran that 10 mile run in Central Park before the marathon. That was so much fun and I wish I could be there to cheer you girls on!! I will be tracking and cheering from the West Coast. I know you will have so much fun out there!!! xo
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  4. I just love your approach to training right now. You have goals but you aren’t killing yourself to get there. Your relaxed plan for NYC sounds like the perfect victory lap after your huge PR at Steamtown!
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  5. Have you run the NYC Marathon before? It’s a GREAT race. You’re going to do well AND have a fantastic time. I’ll be cheering you on from Philly 🙂

    Like you, I rotate my shoes. The Wave Ride 19 is in my current rotation – a great, reliable shoe- and it’s almost time to replace it so I may grab the 20s.
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  6. Wow! What a speedy 5k right after a marathon PR!!! I couldn’t imagine doing marathons so close to each other. You’ve got the right mindset though!
    I’ll be cheering you along the virtual sidelines for NYC marathon. you got this!

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