After reading race report after race report from running friends, it is almost time to put on my racing shoes again and line up for another race. I will be racing in the Around the Bay 5K at the end of the month. I ran the race last year and really enjoyed it, so I signed up for another go. There are lots of people I know that are running the 30K race, and I hope to see some at the arena before they start. Max and I will be travelling to the race on VIA Rail, since we took advantage of a “kids ride for $10” deal. I’m staying at my parents house, and hopefully they can give me a lift to the races (they will – and then go eat pancakes).
I feel like I just ran Resolution Run yesterday, but it will be almost three months in between races. I am very curious to see how doing more running and incorporating strength training will be this year. Last year, I barely ran before ATB, but still managed to sneak in a sub-27:00 5K, which wasn’t bad for the first race of the season. This year, I’ve run significantly more. Even compared to Resolution Run, I’ve run more. I only ran 28K in December, and as of this afternoon, I’m already at 27K for March. Not huge mileage for most seasoned runners, but better for me. I even had to laugh at my September mileage since it was around 160KM – how did I do that? I am going to take a bit of a dive in mileage next week – but so far this week, I’ve run quite a bit, so it should be fine.
A few things that I am thinking about:
a) Pace for Race Day
I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t racing for a PB. ATB 30K goes downhill for the last few KM – and the 2.5KM turn around point is right in this area, so it makes that last half fast. Normally, I run a fast 5K like this: Fast – Steady – Fast/dying. I’ve gone sub-25:00 once, and been just over 26:00 twice – all with my training runs being fairly slow. In the last few weeks, I have been running noticeably faster. I’ve run two 3K’s in just over 15:00 when I used to struggle at 16:00. I ran my 800’s last week in 3:30, before I used to struggle if I ran 4:00. Plus, running at 5:00 or so doesn’t seem as hard any more. So really – I have no idea what will happen on race day. Maybe I will drop a couple of 4:xx KM’s?
For the past two months I have been running my treadmill runs and track work in racing flats, and my outside runs in my Wave Inspires. I found the Wave Inspires to be too bulky/heavy for treadmill and track running. So naturally, I am trying to figure out if I should wear my racing flats for a 5K race. The answer is probably, yes.
I am NOT going to make the same mistake I made last year and over dress. But, it is March and I have no idea what I should wear. NYC ended up being colder than I thought it would be, which is why you see that ugly green shirt in all my race pictures (it was a toss layer). ATB does not have bag check, so I am going to have to haul out some throw away laters for ATB. Where is that green shirt?
d) I need to run longer….
Because of timing issues – I have barely run more than 4K in a single training run. I’m hoping to not have to teach last period tomorrow so I can get a 5K in before track practice tomorrow. Thursday, it isn’t happening (or I will have to run a bit before Run Club) and even Friday will be tight. I will be running – just getting out there to run longer is hard.
So those are just some thoughts about Around the Bay – I am excited to race again, and hopefully *cross my fingers* have good weather to race in! Please?
Have a great evening!