The past few weeks have been getting busier and busier. The winter blues are finally starting to let up and it’s getting sunny outside, which means I need to learn how to apply my trainer skills to the road! The cx bike is in the shop and next week it’ll be the GT’s turn.
My friend designed me a special training plan about three weeks ago, which I’ve been trying to follow to the best of my ability. It’s pretty cycling-specific, so sometimes I swap out tempo rides for runs, since I want to keep up my running fitness for my 10k and triathlons this summer.
Speaking of running fitness, on March 7th I did the Bockfest 5k. I ran the same race last year when my friend asked me to run with her. I was pretty out of shape and I remember working really hard but being pleased that I finished at under 10:00/mi pace.
My goal for this year was to go as close to 9:00/mi pace as possible. On a few of my training runs I had been going around 9:05 pace, but the presence of snow and my increased focus on biking meant I was only averaging one run per week (for a few weeks it was actually 0 runs per week, because if it’s icy and under 30 degrees, I’d honestly rather just ride the trainer). I thought 9:00 pace would be challenging but do-able.
I wore my Garmin but only glanced at it a few times to check the distance – I figured if I looked down and saw a slow pace I’d be upset and if I looked down and saw a fast pace I’d freak out and convince myself to slow down.
Well, according to the official results I finished at an 8:18 pace!! Also, check out that division place… 5th of 95! Like, no way, ya know? I was/am absolutely thrilled. And also very surprised. I’ve been out on a few runs since then and haven’t felt great but have still hovered at around 9:00 pace (including the run where I forgot to bring a sports bra to work…). I’m getting a little excited for my 10k and my triathlons coming up this summer. I want to try some “brick” workouts within the next few weekends, but I’ll have to look into those a little more to decide how/what I want to do.
I’ll have to make another post soon detailing my training plan I’ve been doing for a few weeks, but the fifteen (20…25…) minutes I’ve allotted myself to write in this blog is up, and I have a metric ton of work that needs to be done ASAP.
Oh, I think one of my new goals is going to be to beat my fastest ever mile time of 7:35, which I ran in the 7th grade. I’ll have to do a little bit of speed work on the local high school track… I actually think it could be do-able!