11/15/14 – Turkey Trot 10k – 40:51 for 1st overall person (11 weeks postpartum)
2 mile w/u, 1.5 mile c/d
As much as I hate to say it, I was a tiny bit disappointed with this race. It was suppose to be more of a “see where I am” type effort, but I got a little too competitive in the first half mile and I paid for it big time. Never mind that the course was a little bit short (let’s just forget that part) but I also had a 7:00 mile thrown in there…not something that I’m super proud of.
I ran the first mile fartlek style. When the gun went of a couple of guys sprinted in front of me. After about 400m they started huffing and puffing loudly and it was clear that they were working too hard. I passed everyone with the exception of the winner of the 5k, running the first half mile a little over 5:30 pace and the second a little over 7:30 pace to try and fix the damage. It didn’t work, after about mile 3 I was pretty much toast. With no one around me to share in my misery, I jogged in the last three miles, all the while praying that no one would come up and challenge me because I wasn’t sure I would put up much of a fight.
In the end I actually felt pretty good, and based on Wednesday’s workout and Saturday’s long run, I definitely received a (much needed) boost of fitness from the effort.
I’m still dealing with postpartum aches and pains, and I’ve still got some weight to drop before I consider myself race ready. Training with two children (versus one) and a 40+ hour work week is quite challenging and I’ve decided to not rush things. Most days I’m just happy to get out there regardless of whatever pace I’m able to run. I’m just going to continue gradually increasing my miledge and the intensity of my workouts, eventually I will get back into the shape I once was…it just may take a little bit more effort the second time around.
Training log (11-12 weeks postpartum)
Saturday: 10k race in 40:51 (2 mile w/u, 1.5 mile c/d)
Sunday: 40 min easy + rehab
Monday: 67 min (8.5 miles) felt decent
Tuesday: 60 min, about 7:35 pace & 1.0 incline (t-mill)
Wednesday: 45 min w/ 35 min of tempo, starting at 6:40 down to 6:18 @ .5-1.0 incline (t-mill)
Thursday: 91 minutes (11) ran easy, felt pretty good the entire way
Friday: 40 min w/ 4x 80m strides
Saturday: 13.2 miles (8:23, 7:25, 6:58, 6:58, 6:55, 6:59, 7:32, 6:38, 6:53, 7:06, 7:12, 7:10, 8:22) felt
great, slowed to run with friends part of the way. Not too difficult and legs feeling pretty good the rest of the day. Progress.