I officially signed up for the Vania's Run 5k this weekend in Tempe, AZ. It will only be my second 5K. The only problem is the email that I received today: “The 5k course was measured with a GPS at 3.44 miles. The one mile is approximately 1.08 miles. Here is the link to the course, http://www.mapmyrun.com/ride//az/tempe/553124389789630097”. WTF. I love long lovin’, long walks on the beach, and long… socks, but I don’t like longer than normal races. I don’t get it, so does that mean that it is 3.1 miles or is it 3.44? If it is 3.44, I’m going to be a bit disappointed because I will not be able to tell my EXACT time. I’ll probably still stop my Garmin at 3.1 to see how I did.
The Marathon training for the Twin Cities Marathon has officially started. Well, okay – it started on Monday. But, just like in high school, I’m a little slow. Not in a running way, more in an “I like to eat glue” kind of a way.
Either way, I’ve started my Hal Higdon Advanced I training. Like I said earlier, it adds tempo runs, interval runs, and HILL WORK. I’m a tempo and hill virgin, so my first time I can only assume is going to be elbowy and awkward.
Mon: 3 miles, 7:52 pace, 4pm in Phoenix…. 99 degrees. Yes, I am an idiot.
Tues: 5 miles, 8:09 pace
Weds: 3 miles, 8:44 pace (recovery run)
Thrs: 4.6 miles, 8:26 pace – HILL WORK OUT
I completed my first hill workout on Thursday. It was interesting. First, it was raining (actual radar to the right). Not like a little sprinkle, I’m talking soak my shorts pool peepee shrinkage raining. I did keep my shirt off which I would like to think scared as many kids as Michael Jackson at 6 flags. Higdon said to run 3xhill, so that is what I did. I meant to run 1/4 of a mile, but when I got back and downloaded from my Garmin, it turned out to be 0.20 miles. Fail.
1:10 min @ 5:55 pace
1:10 min @ 5:47 pace
1:11 min @ 5:54 pace
I walked / jogged down the hill so that I was completely recovered by the time I was finished. It looks like I walked / jogged down the hill around 11:00 pace. Is this what I am supposed to do?