With training for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler set to start on Monday, I wanted to get a good “long” run Saturday morning to get ready. (Long becomes a relative term after training for a marathon). My goal was to do four to five miles, and Friday afternoon I mapped out a five mile route for home, with the intention of walking back if I needed to stop early. Around 9:00 AM, I bundled myself up for the 30 degree temperature and hit the road.
Longest run since the marathon! (Yes, I realize I’ll be saying that a lot as training ramps up. Consider this your warning). I felt really good for this run. While Cherry Blossom is officially a flat course, I know I’m a stronger runner when I incorporate hills into my training so I made sure my route included hills.
You know what’s not a good idea? Sprinting uphill. Rookie move for sure. This would explain why mile 2 was 8:58 and mile 3 was 9:15. By about the forty minute mark, I was pretty winded (a result of going out too fast and then sprinting uphill), so I took a short walk break. At this point, I was starting to feel some tightness in my left hip, so I tried to take it easy for the last mile. While this run was a (rude) reminder how hard winter running is for me, I feel pretty confident about where I am at this point and am excited about the racing year ahead.
Since the start of the new year (I know, it’s been less than a week), I’ve been thinking a lot about races for the coming year. In my New Year enthusiasm, I want to register for all the races. Race four times in five weeks, sure! I know this is a bad idea (for me at least, I’m sure there are other people who can handle this amount of bib pinning). I still need to pick a goal race for Operation Sub 2:10 Half and Operation 10K PR. For now, I’m tabling all race registration (with the exception of the Phillies 5K since it will sell out) until the urge to register for everything subsides. My plan is to have my goal race picked out by the end of January. Stay tuned!
Now it’s your turn! Did you run long this weekend? How did it go? How do you pick your goal race?