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.
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:
I like to keep two shoes in rotation at all times
How many shoes do you keep in rotation?