This week included my 2nd race, the DASH ACROSS THE LAND 10K. As I mentioned last week, I hadn’t properly trained for it, or at least to run it as a race. I knew I’d be able to cover the distance — I’ve been running 4-8 miles a day for 100+ days in a row now, but I hadn’t put in any speed training. My runs were averaging more than 10 minute miles (slow for me). I had had 3 runs out of the past 40 or so that made it under 10 minutes/mile (And those were 9:54 and slower). So would I be able to get in the 9s for race day?I did! I have no idea how, but I somehow got it in and in a faster pace than I’ve seen in a LONG time (even faster than my virtual 5K in May). But I digress. Here’s a quick look at the week:
And now, here’s my race recap of the DASH ACROSS THE LAND!
This is the first year of the race, and of course, it was virtual. The race is raising money to help UH Sports Medicine provide schools with the appropriate supplies to keep student-athletes healthy and safe during the 2020 – 2021 school year. There are three races — 5K, 10K and a 1-miler. I signed up for the 10K, but didn’t map out a course or anything. I just went out running on a route that I know is 5-7ish, depending on some of the streets you turn down on.
I set out early, before it got too hot and was rewarded with a great sunrise.
I ran by some water, and did stop to catch more sunrise photos there.
Admittedly, running a virtual race by yourself is not like running a race at all. I missed the crowd support, as well as the crowd of people to run with and force you to push yourself faster, harder. Instead, these deer were my fans 🙂
But I finished and finished within my goal of under 9 min/miles! After 2 miles in, my goal became under 9:30 minute/mile pace and I beat that! And now, I’m pooped.
It’s hard running so much slower than I was running before … but with being on run streak day 115 as of today, I’m happy I’m still running!
Some questions for you:
- What’s the longest running streak you’ve ever one?
- Do you ever find yourself just getting slower .. and slower? What do you do to get faster again?