I’ve been debating the merits of attempting to run a 10k late this spring/early summer. I knew it’d be nice to add to my schedule, but I wasn’t sure when I’d be ready for a 10k nor was I having tons of luck finding one in my area. So I let it go, for a while.
After spending an obscene amount of time in the car with my in-laws, yesterday, I was itching to get moving! I ran 5.5 miles on Friday and walked a mile on Saturday, but I really wanted to do another long-ish run today – so I did! And it was a new PR for me! In looking at my data on Smashrun, I realized that I’d not done 5 miles prior to this month.
Check out how much progress I’ve made this month!
After running each of today’s 5 miles faster than the previous mile and finishing all 5 miles in under an hour (for the first time!), I decided to revisit my 10k options.
I’m glad I did, because there are a few new options listed! It helps that I feel capable of completing a 10k now, so I don’t have to worry about trying to figure out how much more training time I need to be able to cover the distance. I ended up finding 2 race that look good, and I think I’m going to run both of them – YIKES!
The first one is May 7th. That’s during week 1 of the 18 week Hanson’s Half Marathon plan I’m going to use as the basis for my training (and 3 days after the end of Hubby’s school semester). My plan for the 10k is to run it as a baseline. I’ll just aim to finish it, and see what happens.
After that, my school year will start to wind down as my training gets going. The second 10k I found is on June 25 – 7 weeks later or a bit over 1/3 of the way through my half-marathon training. I’m planning to run that race with a goal of PR-ing my time from the May race as a way to see just how effective my training is and get a better feel for what pace I should expect to be able to hit for my half. If nothing else, I think it will be really cool to be able to compare official race times after 7 weeks of training (and it will give me great motivation through the first chunk of training!).
Both races are actually within about an hour’s drive (which is close, since even the grocery store is a 45 minute drive), and they’re each $35 which is totally doable. I’m all signed up for the first race, but I’m holding off registering for the second to see if maybe Hubby will want to join me for it.
Aside from that, today is a wonderfully relaxing day. My in-laws left this morning, and we are just hanging out around the house. After greasy (YUMMY) pizza, wings, and candy last night – and more candy this morning 😦 I decided to make myself a yummy bowl of mushrooms for lunch! Most people feel strongly about them one way or another, so if you aren’t a fan – stop reading now!
If you are a mushroom lover, I’ll say that I enjoying them sauteed with onion and garlic, a bit of parsley, and topped with some fresh-grated Parmesan/Romano cheese.
Mmm, and the whole bowl is just under 200 calories!